Captain Blood His Odyssey
First edition Allen 217 . Fictional novel about the adventures of Captain Blood. Corner bumped. iv , 356 pages. cloth. large 12mo..
The protagonist is the sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, a fictional Irish physician who had had a wide-ranging career as a soldier and sailor (including a commission as a captain under the Dutch admiral De Ruyter) before settling down to practice medicine in the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. The book opens with him attending to his geraniums while the town prepares to fight for the Duke of Monmouth.
Captain Blood: His Odyssey is an adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1922. Although Blood is a fictional character, much of the historical background of the novel is based on fact. The novel has been adapted into films, comics, and a video game.
Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier in England in the 1680's, is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to indentured slavery in the Caribbean. He escapes and becomes the most feared pirate captain on the Spanish Main, but all the glory of his adventures cannot help him, for the woman he loves cannot love a thief and pirate. Even when he destroys England's enemies, even at his most triumphant.
Captain Blood: His Odyssey (1922) by Rafael Sabatini is just possibly the novel that gave rise to the modern definition of a gentleman pirate. Peter Blood, an honest man of true character and a humane doctor, is wrongfully imprisoned for treason under the laws of King James, and deported from Britain to a tropical colony at Bridgetown where he is sold as a slave at auction.