Barbary pirates: kidnapped in Iceland

Captured by Barbary corsairs on the Icelandic coast, Ólafur Egilsson escaped from a life of north African slavery and returned to tell the tale. Adam Nichols, who recently translated Egilsson's memoirs, describes his adventures

Map of Algiers, c1700. It was here that Icelanders, including Ólafur Egilsson, were sold into slavery. (Culture Club/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the February 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine

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