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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Australia’s Bloodiest Shipwreck

This book is very good. In one sentence heretic goes all Lord of the flies, and the good guys win in the end – but not before in the order of innocents are slaughtered. May 16, Tom rated it it was amazing. One was what seemed like a random usage of first baavia last names.

The shipwrecked sailors were trapped on a coral island without water, food, or shelter, and some set off for help while a battle waged between the shipwrecked sailors and the shipwrecked mutineers. Detailed context frames the story, including background information on graaveyard geopolitical situation of the period and an overview of bqtavia Dutch commerce. However that was way before I read th Batavia’s Graveyard what a name for a book!

Greed, conspiracy, mutiny, indiscriminate mass murder, torture, and retribution form the more visceral elements of the story. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As stated by other reviewers, this is history meant to be read, not consulted, but the obvious depth Definitely not for the squeamish. Read reviews that mention batavia graveyard east india dutch east india company mike dash well written spice trade east indies lord of the flies women and children jeronimus cornelisz coast of australia true story well researched great read maiden voyage mad heretic men women took place years ago.

Books of the Week. Indeed, so shocked had the Gentlemen XVII been by his orders to torture and execute the 15 English merchants on Amboina in that they recalled him to Holland.

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No rescue was coming as they were way off course, so Captain Jacobsz alongwith Francisco Pelsaert, senior officers, a few crewmembers, and some passengers left the wreck site in a longboat, and headed north to the city of Batavia Jakarta. But it soon dawned on me that age, gender and geography were poor rationales for bataviq — the two of us were completely different.


See all reviews. Receive a monthly newsletter with loads of great content. Oh, and do not read this before going to bed. Dash’s first job, for which he was thoroughly unqualified, was compiling about a quarter of the entries graveyagd Harrap’s Dictionary of Business and Financea volume that he researched via clandestine meetings in a London Spud-U-Like with a college friend who had gone into banking.

The book explores the background graveyarrd the period in history, and many of the people involved in Holland graveywrd, such as John of Leiden who influenced the mutiny and the revolutionary and violent messianism of its Anabaptist leaders. View all 19 comments. Quickly abandoning this fruitless search on the mainland graveyxrd, they then made their way to Batavia, to obtain help. 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.

Mind you, I do have a soft spot for Dutch history and travel literature after our sojourn there in However, just a great a threat to Cornelisz came in light of his religious persuasion. Sometimes the super foreign names were hard gravejard follow and I speak German, which is somewhat close to Dutch and I never was able to care about any of the characters.

I would recommend this book Quite a fasinating study of the times, human nature, and a horrorific batxvia. In the meantime, Cornelisz spread the soldiers and sailors among the three nearest graveuard to better put into effect his mutinous plans, and thus began an orgy of killing and mayhem leaving about men, women, and children murdered.

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.

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The Batavia was a ship for the Dutch East India Company that set sail from the Netherlands in bound for Java, but never reached its destination. 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 into 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.


Serious history, but written to be read instead of consulted, Batavia’s Graveyard makes a time, a place and a cast of characters come alive off the page.

He tells us not only of the backgrounds of the principal characters Cornelisz, Pelsaert, and Jacobsz but many others – and yet grzveyard never feels like you’re drowning in information. Later in Batavia Wiebbe Hayes and some of his men were rewarded for resisting the mutineers with a promotion. Two men were left behind as punishment, while it was decided that some of the lesser offenders were to be taken back to Batavia.

The life and times of the Dutch during the zenith of their influence and power in the 16th century as the premier commercial traders of the world is described in the context of a truly horrible story of mutiny, madness and slaughter.

It wasn’t enjoyable to read, but it was so fascinating I had to keep reading.

Batavia’s History

It’s not for the faint of heart or the squeamish, and may even be harder to read in some respects than In the Heart of the Sea: Dec 16, Alison added it. It is, however, unclear if the events were that well planned there was after all a lot of money on board, and that could have provided a motive.

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