L’Ollonais The Pirate

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty.

From pages 95, 97-98:

[The pirate] L’Ollonais pursued cruelty to its extremity: he was violent not only for effect but because he enjoyed violence.

[. . .]

L’Ollonais topped it off with a final flourish. The pirates found themselves on a road to a prosperous town; from their torture of locals, they knew that soldiers were waiting ahead of them in an ambush. What they needed was an alternative route, but one after the other the Spanish told them there was no other way forward. L’Ollonais finally snapped. “[He] grew outrageously passionate; insomuch that he drew his cutlass, and with it cut open the breast of one of the Spaniards, and pulling out his heart with his sacrilegious hands, began to bite and gnaw it with his teeth, like a ravenous wolf, saying to the rest: I will serve all of you alike, if you show me not another way.”


Wikipedia: François l’Olonnais

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