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Crossbones is a 2014 television series that has its basis in the history of the Golden Age of Piracy. Specifically, it is based a book entitled The Republic of Pirates, written by Colin Woodard. Crossbones takes place during the eighteenth century and is essentially a fictionalized biography of the life of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, who is the protagonist and played by John Malkovich. The particular event is the War of the Spanish Succession in the Bahamas, the British Empire thinks Blackbeard is dead but in truth he's only hiding and doing his work of piracy in secret in the West Indies. Blackbeard is famous for being the most well known and notorious pirate to ever take a hold in the history books. Also included in the main cast are characters Tom Lowe, played by Richard Coyle, Selima El Sharad, played by Yasmine Al Masri, and Kate Balfour, who is played by Claire Foy. Lowe was first sent as an assassin to kill Blackbeard but starts to sympathize with him as time goes on. Aside from the book it's based on, Crossbones is a work created by Neil Cross, James V. Hart and Amanda Welles.