BATAVIA’S GRAVEYARD: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny. Mike Dash, Author. Crown $25 (p) ISBN. Batavia’s Graveyard has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Where to -fiction story of a shipwreck. A Dutch East India company ship. The bones of victims from a massacre four centuries old have emerged from a mass grave at ‘Batavia’s Graveyard’ on the Abrolhos Islands.

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But pages shorter and fewer unprovable hypotheses would have made this much more enjoyable. May 03, Shannon rated it liked it Shelves: Clearly Wiebbe Hayes and his soldiers had found water. To ask other readers questions about Batavia’s Graveyardplease sign up.

Books by Mike Dash. This page was last edited on 9 Augustat There follows some speculation as to the fates of the men so treated, some writers considering the tragic propensity of men of the Nanda people to baldness as proof definite of partial Dutch ancestry view spoiler [ there is no mention of residual loyalty to the House of Orange or adherence to the tenets of the Dutch Reformed Church hide spoiler ]but what mere doubt can stand in the path of a receding hairline when nothing stops that tide from going out.

Of the passengers aboard, 40 people drowned in the initial disaster. Madness, mutiny and murder. If you’d like to read more about the actual mutiny itself, the information available on Wikipedia is not contradicted by the book. Most of those onboard survived.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The book explores the background of the period in history, and many of the people involved gravyeard Hollandsuch as John of Leiden who influenced the mutiny and the revolutionary and violent gatavia of its Anabaptist leaders.

When they saw the Commandant, they lay down their arms and capitulated on the spot. Cornelisz uses his undoubted persuasive talents to foment plans for a mutiny to acquire the precious cargo and initiate a prosperous career in piracy, and his band of mutineers was still planning action when the ship ran bataavia off the Australian coast. Tune in for Drain the Oceans, from Tuesday August 7 at 8. Regardless of the cause of these missing teeth, however, the scribe clearly felt that they were important enough to record in his summary of the proceedings.


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He was Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a gravegard and bankrupt man with great charisma and dangerously heretical ideas. But what made this incident different from others was the horror that followed owing to the mutiny and massacre that took place amongst the survivors stranded on the reefs of Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia.

But the Spouse saw a documentary on the subject, which was excellent, and my response to hearing about a great narrative is always to read a book. Interesting story, but it suffers considerably from its author’s propensity to wander off on tangents. The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure.

Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny

He lives in London with his wife and daughter. My impression of about half of the book: However that was way before I read this book. Sometimes the super foreign names were hard to follow and I speak German, which is somewhat close to Dutch and I never was able to care about any of the characters. Read reviews that mention batavia graveyard east india dutch east india company mike dash well written spice trade east indies lord of the flies women and children jeronimus cornelisz coast of australia true story well researched great read maiden voyage mad heretic men women took place years ago.


He left them under the charge of one Jeronimus Cornelisz, certified nutcase who believed that anything a person did, including the taking of life, was sanctioned by God.

BATAVIA’S GRAVEYARD: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny

Start reading Batavia’s Graveyard on your Kindle in under a minute. With adolescence looming, I was overjoyed to find myself just a few houses away from a fellow pre-teen traveler. The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java—some 1, miles north—to summon help. But I never felt more confident about my assumptions although they were derived after many complicated calculations and permutations until I read Mike Dash’s Batavia’s Graveyard: The survivors landed on Beacon Island.

What happens under his “leadership” was an outright tragedy and massacre.

I won’t go into braveyard, but suffice it to say the Cornelisz and the gang that followed him reminded me a lot of Kurtz in Heart of Darkness. The spice trade only became possible once detailed navigational instructions on how to reach the Spice Islands, zealously guarded by the Iberian powers, finally were published in the mids.

With its fierce opposition to lay authorities, Anabaptism became a serious threat to the state and the subsequent persecution in the sixteenth century led to it becoming an underground movement.

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However, shortly after leaving Cape Town the ships lost sight of each other and the Batavia was alone. The various letters and agreements that Cornelisz had drafted and the mutineers had undersigned also implicating them in treason and treachery.