Elizabeth’s Pirates

Elizabeth’s Pirates details the story of Queen Elizabeth I’s hired pirates who plundered and murdered in the name of the English monarchy in the 16th century.

Known as the “Sea Dogs”, these pirates were originally hailed as heroes of the British Empire, military tactical geniuses and who’s skill surpassed any of their day.

Under their guise an empire was forged. The truth, however, was that Elizabeth’s Pirates created havoc wherever they went.

Their prime motive was to get rich and any who would stand in their way to achieve these goals would be butchered.

Such brazen recklessness was the norm, a psychopathic tendency which lacked any thoughtfulness and empathy to any who might carry cargo to sell – be it natives or Spanish galleons loaded with goods.

The Sea Dogs were started in 1560 as a way to bridge the gap between the Spanish Navy and the English Navy.

By having a small fleet of ships that would sail around and pick off Spanish ships, risking their lives and own ships in the process, they were able to reduce the funds and size of the Spanish navy significantly.

Dive into Elizabeth’s Pirates and embark on the privateers of some of the more famous Sea Dogs: Sir Francis Drake, Sir John Hawkins, Sir Walter Raleigh.

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Elizabeth’s Pirates
  • Info
  • Release date2001
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Mick Grogan
  • Production companyYorkshire Television