This is the story of Thomas Pellow, one of a million Americans and Europeans, captured by Islamic pirates, at age 11. He did not escape back to England until 23 years later, in 1739. He was a personal slave of Sultan Moulay Ismail, a mercurial brutal killer. Pellow was beaten and forced to convert to Islam. He was made a soldier. He became fluent in Arabic. His skin was turned dark brown by the sun of Morocco.
Somehow he survived.
Sultan Ismail’s enormous string of palaces were built with lime and earth, unlike the waterproof cement of the Romans, and today lie in ruins.
An absorbing journey deep inside white slavery, which afflicted Americans and Europeans for centuries, ending only in the early 1800’s.