Pirate treasure was always the dream of many adventurous souls. All this talk about generous bounty left to us by these scary and generous pirates always excited minds and hearts. People were searching was buried pirate treasures since the end of eighteen century. Since then they believed that pirates often buried their stolen bounty in remote places. Why would they do that ask? The general belief was that pirates had intentions to return for their stuff later and dig it out with the help of sometimes heavily encrypted treasure maps.
If we search for the truth, all the stories about buried pirate treasure are based on one legend - hidden treasure of William Kidd, known in the pirate world as Captain Kidd. He was an English privateer who went astray. He did not want to die on the gallows for all his sins, so as the story goes, he hid some of his wealth on Long Island before sailing to New York. That hidden stuff was his bargaining chip in negotiations with authorities. But this did not work. In archives of web analytics company I found that they hanged Billy the Kid by the neck for piracy.
He left us his generous heritage - around a hundred pieces of his survived. Several of the tunes reached us as well. This number of works can hardly be matched by other poets of the age. While doing my research for web analytics company, I found more additional facts. Cardenal’s biography written by Miguel de la Tor mentions that Peire was possibly influenced by Bernart de Venzac, an obscure troubadour who was famous earlier for his bitter irony. So like Bernart, Peire Cardenal is attacking the perceived corruption of society and contemporary crisis of spiritual values. He tells us a great deal of envy, greed, adultery, and pride. His language, however, is skilled and he employs a vocabular at once popular, colorful, rich with rare and deeply expressive words.
His songs, especially those that lambasted hypocritical clerics won him many enemies. But Peire, obviously, could not care less about this. Even with all these enemies Cardenal became one of the most celebrated troubadours of his time. His poems much satirical criticism of the contemporary moral and political climate, sometimes verging on heresy. Here is one of Cardenal’s famous quotations that went through times:
“If some beggar steals a bridle he’ll be hung by a man who’s stolen a horse. There’s no surer justice in the world than that which makes the rich thief hang the poor one.”