The Barque of Bulleyn is a thrilling story of adventure, gun-running, piracy, political intrigue and betrayal, with passion and love along the way. It is based on events that occurred between April and July 1574, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The novel is primarily about the author’s ancestor, Robert Isted of Hastings: the captain of the Barque of Bulleyn, a ship of war that he had purchased from the Navy Royal.
When he was a boy, K. C. Isted’s father took him to Hastings and told him that the family was descended from pirates and smugglers. K. C. Isted never forgot this. Years later, when researching his family history, he discovered the full story. The Barque of Bulleyn is a result of that research.
About the author
K. C. Isted lives in Kent. He has lived and worked in many places, including three years in Rome; and the time he ran away to sea, where he learned to party like a pirate. He is still something of a travel junkie and enjoys a good party.
The Barque of Bulleyn is his first novel, based on the true adventures of one of his ancestors: an Elizabethan pirate captain.
K. C. Isted is not married, but there is a particular person to whom he is not married (Marcela), whose continual encouragement to ‘do something!’ resulted in him writing this book. It is, therefore, not entirely his fault.