Benerson Little

“The trident of Neptune is the scepter of the world.”*

The goddess Fortuna depicted with a sail, a common representation. The ship may be regarded as her whelp.

"A Flanconnade Upon the Turn," circa 1689 by Marcellus Laroon.

Dutch two decker, probably 1660s, similar to La Tulipe Noir which would have mounted fewer guns. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

French light frigate, similar to the Virginia Galley, under sail. Nicolas Poilly.

"Aminte en son cabinet," Nicolas Bonnart, prob. 1680s. British Museum.

London coffeehouse, late 17th century.

"Le Maistre d'armes" by Nicolas Bonnart, 1675-1693.

Baths at Bath, detail, 17th century.

Charles Mohun. National Portrait Gallery, London.

A rencontre in the street. Duellist ziet tijdens een gevecht een engel naast zijn tegenstander. Print by Caspar Luyken, Christoph Weigel, Frantz Martin Hertzen, 1710. Rijksmuseum.

A brothel, from Hogarth's painting The Orgy, part of his "A Rake's Progress" series, 1732-1733. In Sir John Sloane's Museum, London.

Highwayman, 1740. British Museum.

"A Tierce Cut Off (In Time) By a Seconde." Circa 1700.

Matthew Prior.

Aphra Behn, part-inspiration for three female characters in the story. Painting by Sir Peter Lely, circa 1670.

Late 17th century English ketch, similar to the King Fisher. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

English navy ketch HMS Roe in action 28 December 1669 against Barbary corsairs. The King Fisher Ketch would have been virtually idential. Detail from The "Mary Rose" Action by Willem Van de Velde the Younger, 1676. Royal Collection Trust.

Small Dutch frigate dating to 1665, similar to La Fortune. The vessel's lines require updating by two or three decades, but the general sense and similarity are there. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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Historical Fiction
The sequel to Fortune's Whelp: stay tuned!
Maritime adventure and historical intrigue set amidst the attempted assassination of King William III.
Narrative Maritime History
The truth behind the great pirate myths and legends. In print!
Maritime History

A colorful and detailed description of how pirates and privateers practiced their trade.

To really understand what the pirate's world was like: how buccaneers lived, fought, and died.


Fortune's Whelp

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"But fortune is a fickle mistress... Intrigue abounds throughout Fortune’s Whelp and it shines as a grand adventure. Edward MacNaughton deservedly joins the ranks of such swashbuckling legends as Rafael Sabatini’s Captain Blood, Johnston McCulley’s Zorro, and Alexander Dumas’s Musketeers.".
"An enterprising protagonist, Captain MacNaughton can extricate himself from almost certain death every time so he can complete his mission, all the while trying to obtain his own ship. I hope Mr. Little plans on providing more stories about this interesting character and his interactions with women, 'with sword in hand, and a dark ship on the horizon.'"
"This is an historical novel on a grand scale."
—Roger Paine, former Royal Navy officer & author of Clear Lower Deck: A Collection of My Naval Yarns.

"I see in Little a simpatico soul. We must confront honestly the sordid brutality and nastiness of the world we explore — no romantic gloss. Yet still we love it."
—Jim Cornelius, Frontier Partisans.

"Perhaps it is MacNaughton’s magnetic draw of intrigue, or the historical details, mundane and enthralling alike, that Little weaves through his tale—the elements of reality that haunt the reading and our tendency to read rapidly, as if fast-flipping pages might get our protagonist more swiftly away from those who track him—that amp up the tension and render this novel one not easily surrendered to the tasks of daily life... For those who love a great tale, written with engaging and realistic characters who call you to their side, for seafaring types and landlubbers alike, Fortune’s Whelp is a compelling and captivating novel whose fate it is to draw readers over and over again."

From the Publisher

Available now in print and ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

From the back cover: Set in the 17th century during the heyday of privateering and the decline of buccaneering, Fortune’s Whelp is a brash, swords-out sea-going adventure. Scotsman Edward MacNaughton, a former privateer captain, twice accused and acquitted of piracy and currently seeking a commission, is ensnared in the intrigue associated with the attempt to assassinate King William III in 1696. Who plots to kill the king, who will rise in rebellion—and which of three women in his life, the dangerous smuggler, the wealthy widow with a dark past, or the former lover seeking independence—might kill to further political ends? Variously wooing and defying Fortune, Captain MacNaughton approaches life in the same way he wields a sword or commands a fighting ship: with the heart of a lion and the craft of a fox.

From the publisher: Benerson Little’s new novel, Fortune’s Whelp, is part of an intended series inspired by his love of maritime adventure and intrigue, in particular the novels of Rafael Sabatini, Alexandre Dumas, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Benerson draws heavily upon his research as a maritime historian, his practical knowledge of fencing, and his naval experience to lend authenticity to the novel's high seas adventures. Although the protagonist in Fortune's Whelp is male, Benerson has been keen to include influential, accurately depicted female characters. Penmore Press.

28 July 2015: Benerson Little has turned in the final draft of "Fortune's Whelp" and the staff is damn excited. Michael James declared it "full of action, pirates, treason, wry humor, women, and gunpowder and swords." Watch for it soon!

25 November 2015: A sneak preview of bookcover in process for Benerson Little's 17th century swashbuckling, sword-fighting, sea-adventure "Fortune's Whelp" due out soon! Privateers, sirens, spies, and ships. And dangerous plots to kill the King.

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