Recent titles

Recent titles

Angus is the author of over sixty books. Recent titles include, There was a Soldier (selected as Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month for June 2009), the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Piracy: The Complete History, and Blackbeard, his well-received biography of the notorious pirate.

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Speaking engagements

Angus is available for lectures and speaking engagements. Angus Konstam makes regular public appearances, giving talks and lectures on a range of historical topics. He has delivered these at a range of events, from small gatherings to full-scale conferences.

Bannockburn 1314

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Bannockburn 1314: The First Battle for Independence [Hardcover]

The Battle of Bannockburn on the 24th June 1314 is arguably the most seminal event in Scottish history, and one of the least understood. Bannockburn is a battle that helped define the Britain we know today.

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Angus Konstam

Welcome to the website of Angus Konstam, a widely-published historian, and one of the world's leading authorities on piracy past and present.

Angus is the author of over seventy books, all of which are listed here. His most recent books are highlighted below, and include the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Blackbeard, his best-selling biography of the notorious pirate, and Piracy: The Complete History, which Angus describes as the ultimate book on piracy.

Between them, his History of Pirates and World Atlas of Pirates have sold over 120,000 copies, while his "Historic Atlas" series has attained international sales in excess of a quarter of a million, was translated into eight languages, and won two international awards. Angus has also enjoyed a long-standing relationship with leading military history publishers Osprey, and has written over 50 military and naval history titles for them.

A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and museum curator, Angus has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, but he now lives in Britain, where he writes full-time, and divides his time between Orkney and Edinburgh. He makes frequent television appearances in Britain and America as a piracy expert and historical "talking head", he gives regular lectures and talks, and he is often asked to speak at book festivals and other literary events. Most of all though, he enjoys the detective work of historical research - putting all the pieces together to make a great story.

Latest news

Coming in 2014:

Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence

This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, will draw on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this important story. It will also explore the modern legacy of the battle, as politicians delve into the past in order to support their vision of the future.

The book is now written, and the publishers tell me its off being printed. It looks really good - a book I've very pleased with. 


Bannockburn by Aurum Press will be published on 14 May


Salerno 1943

SALERNO 1943
In mid-September 1943, as the opening move of the Allied campaign to liberate the mainland of Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force landed on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, only a few dozen miles to the south of Naples.

Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

Baclbeard by Angus Konstam

Of all the colorful cutthroats who scoured the seas in search of plunder during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century, none was more ferocious or notorious than Blackbeard. more

Sovereigns of the Sea

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This ground-breaking and highly readable book looks at the immense floating fortresses of the Renaissance and the struggle to create the perfect marriage of guns and ships. more

Bannockburn

Bannockburn 1314

The Battle of Bannockburn on the 24th June 1314 is arguably the most seminal event in Scottish history, and one of the least understood. Bannockburn is a battle that helped define the Britain we know today.
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