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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There were dozens of figures to keep track of throughout the narrative, and this random first- and last-naming only made the book that much harder to follow. Not all of the people are fully realized, but the source material was not complete so that is understa A grim but fascinating chapter in the history of seventeenth century Dutch sailing that provided some great reading for me. bwtavia

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Sep 03, Veeral rated it graveysrd liked it Shelves: It didn’t matter if you were a man, woman, or baby. Uplifting themes are also to be found here. I think the fault may have lay in the sheer number of people who bataviq involved in this story, far more than in The Bounty: What’s between the covers of this book is NOT for the squeamish Books by Mike Dash.

In harrowing detail based on survivors’ accounts, the author desribes the barbarous gaveyard methodical slaughter of the stranded community as Cornelisz and his band decimate numbers to improve the possibility of their own survival. I gave the book to my father and he gravejard it quickly as well. By this time, Sicko’s family had moved to Alaska, leaving him the solitary occupant of their square foot home. But what made Cornelisz truly dangerous was his mad belief in antinomianism: It’s not entirely the writer’s fault: Based on extensive research, including ship’s logs, the Dutch Trading Company’s VOC records, memoirs and letters of several principals involved and even anthropological evidence unearthed in the ‘s and 70’s, one is swept graveyyard a fascinating look at how a voyage of commerce to the East Indies ended in shipwreck, followed by the breakdown of civil behavior among the survivors and leading to the murders of dozens of innocent people for no reason other than to satisfy the blood lust of the leader of a relatively at first small number of mutineers.


Set up a giveaway. The main cargo consisted of silver coins and two antiquities belonging to the artist Rubens for sale to an Indian Mogul ruler, but it also carried pre-fabricated sandstone blocks for a portico to be erected as gatehouse in the city of Batavia.

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Dash reveals that the Dutch education system in this period was the most advanced in Europe with all citizens receiving elementary education as the state subsidised the costs of education. He has since written five works of historical non fiction, all of them acclaimed for combining detailed original research with a compelling narrative style. More than frightened survivors waded ashore, thankful to be alive. The account opens with the compelling story of the ship’s disastrous running aground on an unexplored chain of coral islands off the western coa Mid 4.

I never knew of the murder and mayhem that took place off the Western Australian coastline. The Anabaptists were as crazy as Al-Quaeda or Daesh. The hangings on Long Island – Illustration in the Jan Janz edition of Ongeluckige Voyagie Image copyright WA Museum Pelsaert, during this whole trial period, had diligently set about recovering the items stolen by the mutineers, as well as the chests of specie and other valuable items from the wreck, using divers from Gujarat.

Showing of reviews. The heroic resistance offered by some castaways against the insane depravity of the mutineers will further inspire admiration. In the Dutch East India Company loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java; the ship itself was a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful monopoly.

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

A quick and very entertaining read – best Mike Dash book that I have read to date. My review is less a review of the book, and more of a “reader’s guide” to some of the other reviews by Goodreads members.


Just rgaveyard moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter.

Retrieved from ” https: Reading this book it’s difficult to believe that human beings can commit some of the acts that are depicted.

When they saw the Commandant, they lay down their arms and capitulated on the spot. On its maiden voyage, the Batavia crashed into shallow waters and the passengers had to take smaller boats to an island in order to survive. Receive a monthly newsletter with loads of great content. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.


Trivia About Batavia’s Graveya That is a problem, just one of many that beset the mutineers as well as the several hundred graveyarc crew and passengers. Reading this account of Cornelisz’ “Heart of Darkness”-like sadism and madness, as he oversees the killing of people, is nightmarish, almost hallucinogenic, despite or perhaps because of? When his men returned defeated the furious Cornelisz took matters in his own hand, travelling to Cats Island to use his powers of persuasion to lure the men into a deadly trap.

With adolescence looming, I was overjoyed to find myself just a few houses away from a fellow pre-teen traveler. View Full Version of PW.

Immediately following, persons — among them 30 gfaveyard and children — were ferried off the ship, while some 70 odd men remained, including Jeronimus Cornelisz, the undermerchant.

The story, as it unfolds, becomes harrowing and somewhat depressing, as a community of shipwrecked survivors descend into a true life “Lord of the Flies”. Soon after this bztavia, I moved out.