BATAVIA’S GRAVEYARD: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny. Mike Dash, Author. Crown $25 (p) ISBN. Batavia’s Graveyard has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Where to -fiction story of a shipwreck. A Dutch East India company ship. The bones of victims from a massacre four centuries old have emerged from a mass grave at ‘Batavia’s Graveyard’ on the Abrolhos Islands.

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Not only history, but an enthralling sea yarn and true-crime thriller. In the Dutch East India Company loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java; the ship itself was a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful monopoly.

The company also sent along a new employee to guard its treasure. He was Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt man with great charisma and dangerously heretical ideas.

With gravdyard help of a few disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to seize the ship and her riches. The mutiny might have succeeded, but in the dark morning hours of June 3,the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the wreck, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java–some 1, miles north–to summon help.

More than frightened survivors waded ashore, thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was only beginning. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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It’s hard to describe without spoilers. Let’s just say one man leads many to do a great deal of evil. Like Hitler on a tiny island in the ocean. It wasn’t enjoyable to read, but it was so fascinating I had to keep reading. You have to keep going just to find out what happens! I gave the book to my father and he devoured it quickly as well. After reading this, I tried to read another shipwreck story with mutiny involved, and it paled in comparison to the point where I couldnt even read it.

This book will cast a large shadow over all other mutiny books, and turn the volume down on them. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Although these killings took place almost years ago on deserted islands in a then barely explored corner of the Indian Ocean, the scale of these crimes makes Helter Skelter look like the JV team!

The story did actually remind me of the Charles Manson killings, in which another megalomaniacal madman had others do his heinous bidding. The book is very well written and researched, although at times the author digresses into excessive background detail that dampens any expectation that this will be a dramatic page-turner throughout.

Nevertheless, it certainly kept my interest consistently enough to successfully batava me into reading the entire book, along with its epilogue. The other issue with this book is just the disturbing nature of the subject matter I had been completely unaware of this episode of history.

Without revealing too much, however, I will simply say that there is a gratifying element of good triumphing over evil that is endemic to the story; not sure I would have finished reading the book if at some point it had become evident that that element was not going to be a part of the story line.

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This book is a surprising gem, bringing to life a period of history which not many contemporary authors have paid much attention to. The life and times of the Dutch during the zenith of their influence and power in the 16th century as the premier commercial traders of the world is described in the context of a truly horrible story of mutiny, madness and slaughter.

Dash describes life aboard a Dutch sailing vessel of the vatavia at a time in which little was known about nautical navigation.

Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny

Life and physical accommodations aboard ship itself were a nightmare to all but the wealthiest travelers. Based on extensive research, including ship’s logs, the Dutch Trading Company’s VOC records, memoirs and letters of several principals involved and even anthropological evidence unearthed in the ‘s and 70’s, one is swept into a fascinating look at how a voyage of commerce to the East Indies ended in shipwreck, followed by the breakdown of civil behavior among the survivors and leading to the murders of dozens of innocent people for no reason other than to satisfy the blood lust of the leader of a relatively at first small number of mutineers.


That any of the crew and passengers survived, marooned on a small coral atoll in the East Indian Sea is astonishing. The subsequent rescue of survivors and punishment of grvaeyard guilty for the slaughter provides a fitting end to this well written sea tale.

To readers btavia in expanding their knowledge of world History I heartily recommend this book. You won’t regret it. A well researched and well written account of one of the most horrific ship wrecks in history. The wreck itself was a disaster but what some of the survivors did to their shipmates afterward is hard to believe and terrible to read about, even in todays worlds graveyafd serial killers and mass murders. Reading this book it’s difficult to believe that human beings can commit some of the acts that are depicted.

And for no btaavia reason other than to wield power over others. While the ship wreck survivors acted the way they did to gain power and survive a hostile landscape, the VOC did it out of pure greed. I’m not sure who comes off looking worse in the end A great historical account of a dark page in world history, easy to read and informative, it sheds light on a little seen part of history, definitely worth a look.

A fantastic narrative of one of the grimmer events of the age of sail. It’s something more people in the modern age should read. Currently, there’s a lot of misplaced longing for a past that is supposed to somehow be more moral, noble, chivalrous, and such.

The reality is that there is no such past. Nostalgia is history poorly remembered. The Anabaptists were as crazy as Al-Quaeda or Daesh. The Dutch East India Company was as corrupt, shambling, and destructive as any modern corporate hegemon.

And life was dangerous, full of deadly diseases, crazy people, social prejudice, and superstition. Mike Dash does a good job of turning the various chronicles, records,and recollections of this shocking episode into a readable and accessible story.

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