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"I presume we need make no Apology for giving the Name of a History to the following Sheets, though they contain nothing but the Actions of a Parcel of Robbers."A "Parcel of Robbers" they may be, but pirates have long held a special place in our imaginations. The iconography of piracy--peg legs, eye patches, pieces of eight, squawking parrots, the Jolly Roger--was first codified in A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. This collection of brief biographies reads like a Who's Who? of piracy, with entries on Captains Kidd, Rackam, and Roberts, women-in-disguise pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and the infamous Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, "that couragious Brute, who might have pass'd in the World for a Heroe, had he been employ'd in a good Cause."
First published in 1724, A General History is the book that launched a thousand pirate stories--inspiring Robert Louis Stevenson's Long John Silver, J.M. Barrie's Captain Hook, and Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood. Though it had been attributed to a shadowy character named Captain Charles Johnson since its date of publication, the book has now been convincingly (though not incontrovertibly) attributed to Daniel Defoe. The 18th-century text, reproduced here complete with the awkward sentence construction, capitalization of nouns proper and common, and frequent italicizing typical of its era, sometimes makes for rather difficult reading, but Defoe's prose still manages to sparkle. With a new introduction by Richard West, author of Daniel Defoe: The Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures, A General History is a must-read for armchair swashbucklers. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What a wonderful find! Stories about pirates from their perspective!Published 2 months ago by Jessica
Exactly what I was looking for. Well written introduction leading into a great historical text. A true look back to how people in the 18th century viewed pirates.Published 8 months ago by Nathan Wetz
I have long since finished reading this book. Being familiar with it's contents before I even ordered, I have found it to be a good addition to my small collection of books on... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jtcoyote
In the last paragraph of the introduction by David Cordingly it is stated that all of the illustrations were from the 1925 version and supplemental art work and wood cuts came from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zornk
This is great fun and amongst all the myth and exaggerated, even made-up stories is a kind of truth of ambiance, mood, tone of the character and legacy of "Pyrates! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roger J. Schuman
This is an interesting book. It is a little challenging to read, as all books from this era are for modern English speakers, but well worth the extra effort needed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott