The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny.
Author: Mike Dash
First published: 2002 This edition: 2003
Format: Softcover 446 pages
The true story of a mutiny, shipwreck, murder and survival. In the autumn of 1628, the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia set sail on her maiden voyage to Java, loaded with a king's ransom in gold, silver and gems. But, in the early hours of 4 June, the ship ran aground in an unexplored chain of islands off the coast of Australia. More than 200 survivors were left stranded, at the mercy of a ruthless band of mutineers headed by a brilliant but deranged individual. By the time rescue ships arrived three months later, less than 80 people were still alive ...