A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates
by Captain Charles Johnson (Author), David Cordingly (Introduction)
From the Back Cover
Originally published in 1724 —and now with an introduction and commentary by David Cordingly, best—selling, author of the pirate classic Under the Black Flat – this famous account of the most notorious pirates of the day was an immediate success.
Written by the mysterious Captain Johnson, it appeared in the book world at a time since described as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” With his dramatic writing style, which vividly captures the realities of their savage existence, the author documents specific events, including trials, in the lives of a number of the most feared pirates. Highly detailed, these accounts ensure that the pirates were accurately depicted in all their gruesome glory.
Indeed, this book has become the main source for scholars seeking to learn more about the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny and was largelv responsible for the posthumous fame of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.
In the nearly 300 years since its first publication, it has come to be generally regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.
Captain Charles Johnson was long thought to be Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe. His exact identity is still unknown.
David Cordingly is the best-selling author of the pirate classic Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, as well as other books on piracy or the sea, including Seafaring Women, The Billy Ruffian, and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. He was previous Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the United Kingdom’s National Maritime Museum.
He lives by the sea in Brighton, England.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press (May 4, 2010)