Pirates in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
➥ Anne Bonny
Anne Bonny was a fearsome female pirate, born in 1702 to a wealthy merchant father in County Cork, Ireland. Her family later moved to America, and she fell for a penniless sailor named James Bonny. Her father, disappointed with her choice, cast them out where the couple moved to Nassau. After her new husband decided to turn in pirates for bounties, Anne Bonny lost all respect for him and began mingling with other pirates in local taverns, where she struck up an notorious friendship with fellow female pirate Mary Read.
She then met ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, captain of the sloop the Revenge and fell in love. The two married at sea, and Bonny, along with Read, joined the pirate life.
However, in 1720, the Revenge was attacked by a sloop under a commission from the Governor of Jamaica. Read and Bonny were forced to defend the ship by themselves as the crew were too drunk.They fought fiercely, even shouting to the crew, "Come up, you cowards, and fight like men!"
Unfortunately, they were soon captured along with the crew and sentenced to be hanged. Bonny’s last words to an imprisoned Rackham were,”If you had fought like a man, you need not be hang’d like a dog.”
Both Read and Bonny received stay from execution due to being pregnant. Read later died in prison. However, there is no historical record of Bonny’s release or execution…