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"It was the autumn of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company's flagship, was loaded with a king's ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java. The Batavia was the pride of the Company's fleet, a tangible symbol of the world's richest and most powerful commercial monopoly. She set sail with great fanfare, but the Batavia and her gold would never reach Java, for the Company had also sent along a new employee, Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a bankrupt and disgraced man who possessed disarming charisma and dangerously heretical ideas." "With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, Jeronimus soon sparked a mutiny that seemed certain to succeed - but for one unplanned event. In the dark morning hours of June 3, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java - some 1,800 miles north - to summon help. Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter. Leaderless, unarmed, and unaware of Jeronimus's treachery, they were at the mercy of the mutineers." "Jeronimus took control almost immediately, preaching his own twisted version of heresy he'd learned in Holland's secret Anabaptist societies. More than 100 people died at his command in the months that followed. Before long, an all-out war erupted between the mutineers and a small group of soldiers led by Wiebbe Hayes, the one man brave enough to challenge Jeronimus's band of butchers." "Unluckily for the mutineers, the Batavia's commander had raised the alarm in Java, and at the height of the violence the Company's gunboats sailed over the horizon. Jeronimus and his mutineers would meet an end almost as gruesome as that of the innocents whose blood had run on the small island they called Batavia's Graveyard."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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Títol:Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
Autors:Mike Dash
Informació:Crown (2002), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 382 pages
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In 1628 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.

The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure. He was Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt man with great charisma and dangerously heretical ideas. With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to seize the ship and her riches. The mutiny might have succeeded, but in the dark morning hours of June 3, 1629, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the wreck, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java—some 1,500 miles north—to summon help. More than 250 frightened survivors waded ashore, thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was only beginning.
  Alhickey1 | Oct 13, 2020 |
Boeiend geschreven. Soms wat saai, maar gortdroge opsommingen ontbreken. Veel noten en andere zaken. Goed om wat te lezen over de Batavia. Geen roman, toch goed te lezen ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
The story of what happened after the 1629 wreck of the ship "Batavia" in the Houtman Abrolhos off the coast of Australia on a voyage from Amsterdam to Batavia (now Jakarta).

We are definitely in Lord of the Flies territory rather than Swiss Family Robinson with somewhere between 110 and 125 survivors of the wreck being killed by Jeronimus Cornelisz and his followers, who had been plotting a mutiny on the ship.

The sections on the historical background discussing the early days of the VOC and Dutch life at the time were the most interesting. However, the book definitely needed a better editor. I spent a long time wondering whether the island referred to in the text as the High Land to the north of the wreck site was the same as the island on the map called the High Island to the northwest of the wreck site. A list of characters might have been useful as the author would often refer to one person 3 times in 2 sentences once each by their first name, surname, or rank, and there seems to have been a distinct shortage of names in the 17th century Netherlands. A map of the relevant parts of Australia would also have been useful -- too much of they may have landed at place I've never heard of and couldn't tell you where it is or at another place I've never heard of and couldn't tell you where it is. ( )
1 vota Robertgreaves | May 20, 2018 |
Ce livre aurait pu passer pour un roman d'aventures bien mené et bien documenté, un peu glauque, certes, mais entraînant et riche. Sauf que d'emblée l'auteur nous met au parfum: "Ce récit ne contient aucun élément purement imaginaire".
Voilà, c'est une histoire vraie, et une histoire vraiment horrible, et vraiment bien écrite aussi.
Bien plus que le récit d'un naufrage et de ses suites pour les survivants, c'est un témoignage sur la société hollandaise du XVIIème siècle, les atrocités commises, en partie par un groupe d'hommes dits hérétiques, mais en partie aussi des atrocités très comparables commises au nom du commerce, de la religion, même de la justice, et tutti quanti.
Alors bon malgré tout, et très franchement, je me serais assez bien passée des scènes de torture et de tuerie: je ne suis pas sûre d'avoir envie de connaître tout ce que sont capables de s'infliger mes congénères les uns aux autres.
Ce n'est donc pas une belle histoire, mais c'est une histoire prenante, qui s'attaque sans fausse manoeuvre aux différents aspects qui rentrent en ligne de compte: la société de l'époque, le contexte historique, la psychologie des personnages, et la documentation est solide! ( )
1 vota elisala | Feb 16, 2018 |
Imagine the Donner Party meets the Titanic: that comes close to describing the astounding story of this Dutch East Indies spice ship. But it's educational, too! Amazing research and organization on author's part. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
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I looked at him with great sorrow: such a scoundrel, cause of so many disasters and of the shedding of human blood. Besmirched in every way not only with abominable misdeeds but also with damnable heresy...and still he had the intention to go on. - From the Interrogation of Jeronimus Cornelisz. by Francisco Pelsaert
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Every impulse was experienced as a divine command; now they could surround themselves with worldly possessions, now they could live in luxury - and now too they could lie and steal and fornicate without qualms of conscience, for since inwardly the soul was wholly absorbed into God, external acts were of no account..The Free Spirit movement was, therefore, an affirmation of freedom so reckless and unqualified that it amounted to a total denial of every kind of restraint and limitation.
So we all of us together expected to be murdered at any moment, and we besought God continuously for merciful relief...O cruelty! O atrocity of atrocities! They proved themselves to be nothing more than highwaymen. Murderers who are on the roads often take their belongings from People, but they sometimes leave them their lives; but these have taken both, goods and blood. - Gijsbert Bastiaensz.
...such a scoundrel, cause of so many disasters and of the shedding of human blood - and still he had the intention to go on...I examined him in the presence of the [Sardam's] council, and asked him why he allowed the devil to lead him so far astray from all human feeling, to do that which had never been so cruelly perpetrated among Christians, without any real hunger or need of thirst, but solely out of bloodthirstiness. - Francisco Pelsaert
...in order to turn us from the wrath of God and to cleanse the name of Christianity of such an unheard of villian, have sentenced the foresaid Jeronimus Cornelisz. that he shall be taken to a place prepared to execute justice, and there first cut off both his hands, and after that punish him on a gallows with a cord until death follows - with confiscation of all his goods, Moneys, Gold, Silver, monthly wages, and all that he may have to claim here in India against the VOC, our Lord Masters. - Francisco Pelsaert
If ever there has been a Godless Man, in his utmost need, it was he; [for] he had done nothing wrong, according to his statement. Yes, saying even at the end, as he mounted the gallows: 'Revenge! Revenge!' So that to the end of his life he was an evil Man. - Bastiaen Gijsbertszoon
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"It was the autumn of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company's flagship, was loaded with a king's ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java. The Batavia was the pride of the Company's fleet, a tangible symbol of the world's richest and most powerful commercial monopoly. She set sail with great fanfare, but the Batavia and her gold would never reach Java, for the Company had also sent along a new employee, Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a bankrupt and disgraced man who possessed disarming charisma and dangerously heretical ideas." "With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, Jeronimus soon sparked a mutiny that seemed certain to succeed - but for one unplanned event. In the dark morning hours of June 3, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java - some 1,800 miles north - to summon help. Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter. Leaderless, unarmed, and unaware of Jeronimus's treachery, they were at the mercy of the mutineers." "Jeronimus took control almost immediately, preaching his own twisted version of heresy he'd learned in Holland's secret Anabaptist societies. More than 100 people died at his command in the months that followed. Before long, an all-out war erupted between the mutineers and a small group of soldiers led by Wiebbe Hayes, the one man brave enough to challenge Jeronimus's band of butchers." "Unluckily for the mutineers, the Batavia's commander had raised the alarm in Java, and at the height of the violence the Company's gunboats sailed over the horizon. Jeronimus and his mutineers would meet an end almost as gruesome as that of the innocents whose blood had run on the small island they called Batavia's Graveyard."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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