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A General History of the Pyrates From their first rise and settlement in the island of Providence, to the present Time By Daniel Defoe and Captain Charles Johnson A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates is a 1724 book published in Britain containing biographies of contemporary pirates, which was influential in shaping popular conceptions of pirates Its author uses the name Captain Charles Johnson, generally considered a pseudonym for one of London s writer publishers The prime source for the biographies of many well known pirates, the book gives an almost mythical status to the colourful characters, and it is likely that the author used considerable licence in his accounts of pirate conversations First appearing in Charles Rivington s shop in London, the book sold so well that by 1726 an enlarged fourth edition had appeared It pandered to the British public s taste for the exotic revelling in graphic stories on the high seas English naval historian David Cordingly writes it has been said, and there seems no reason to question this, that Captain Johnson created the modern conception of pirates....

Title : A General History of the Pyrates: Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates (Famous Pirates)
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ISBN : 1545536880
ISBN13 : 978-1545536889
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Language : Englisch
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 23 April 2017
Number of Pages : 306 Seiten
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A General History of the Pyrates: Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates (Famous Pirates) Reviews

  • Piratenbraten
    2019-03-16 00:14

    ...wenn es um Piraterie geht, ist dieses 1724 zum ersten Mal erschienene Buch, welches da mit glorreichem vollen Titel heißt: "A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates and also their Policies, Discipline, and Government from their first Rise and Settlement in 1717 to the present year, with the Adventures of the two Female Pyrates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny. To which is prefix'd An Account of the famous Captain Avery and his Companions; with the Manner of his Death in England."- uffta!Dieses Buch also wurde geschrieben von einem Capt. Charles Johnson, in dem manch gelehrte Köpfe des 20. Jahrhunderts niemand geringeren als Daniel Defoe vermutet haben. Diese Annahme wurde mehrfach widerlegt, andere Namen - u.A. Nathaniel Mist und jüngst sogar ein deutscher Seemann - als Autoren vorgeschlagen. Fakt ist, die Autorenfrage wird wohl ungeklärt bleiben müssen, sollte nicht doch irgendwann einmal ein entsprechendes Dokument auftauchen.Aber egal ob Daniel Defoe oder Captain Johnson, dieses Buch bietet die früheste und erste Zusammenfassung der Biographien der bekanntesten Piraten - unter ihnen so illustre Gestalten wie Henry Avery, Blackbeard, Jack Rackham und natürlich Anne Bonney und Mary Read, aber auch weniger glückliche Zeitgenossen wie Stede Bonnet oder Thomas Anstis. Damit hat das Buch ebenfalls den Vorteil, zeitlich näher an den Ereignissen "dran" zu sein als so mancher späterer Bericht, erschien es doch unmittelbar gegen Ende des "Goldenen Zeitalters" der Piraterie und stützt sich auf damals zugängliche Quellen, die heute teils verloren sind.Jedoch schmückt Johnson seine Beschreibungen auch etwas aus. Er ergeht sich in Beschreibungen fremder Inseln, exotischer Früchte, "wilder" Menschen; und im zweiten Band seines "Piratenlexikons", den er etliche Monate später folgen ließ, sieht es so aus als wäre der ein oder andere Lebenslauf gar gänzlich frei erfunden.Diese Spekulation mag man auch hier anstellen; ist doch Johnson der erste, der von Mary und Anne berichtet, und würde nicht ein Eintrag in einem jamaikanischen Sterberegister für Mary Read existieren, könnte man fast schon darauf kommen, dass hier die Fantasie mit Johnson/Defoe/... durchgegangen ist und er die beiden weiblichen Piraten einfach erfunden hat.Diese Abschweifungen, zusammen mit dem sehr umständlichen Schreibstil und dem ohnehin nicht ganz einfachen Englisch des 18. Jahrhunderts, welches auch für geübte Leser manchmal die ein oder andere Hürde bietet, macht dieses Buch manchmal zu einer Geduldsprobe. Man darf nicht erwarten, dieses Werk ähnlich schnell "durch" zu haben wie ein modernes Buch mit vergleichbarer Seitenzahl.Ich empfehle das "Standardwerk über die Piraterie" daher wirklich nur denjenigen, die sich intensiv mit der Materie befassen und auch Wert auf Quellenkunde legen. Wer sich nur einfach mal so informieren möchte, dem seien u.A. eher die Werke David Cordinglys ans Herz gelegt, der ebenfalls die Biographien der bekanntesten Piraten in prägnanter, moderner Form zum Besten gibt.

  • None
    2019-02-27 01:01

    A good book written by an interesting character. The book is very comprehensive, well organized and is relatively easy to read. Anything you could want to know is here. However, some sources indicate that the author made up much of the material and created fictional characters. I hope most of it is true, the stories are fascinating. Anyone with a passion for the sea or an interest in pirates should check this out.

  • John Eaton
    2019-03-12 04:17

    The author has done a wonderful job outlining the life and times of the men and women who ruled the high seas during the 17th and 18th centuries. I found a great deal of historical facts that I had not been able to find in other texts. lifesytles and philosophies of the pirates are described in great detail.This is a great book for either academic research or just for those who want to learn more about what life was really like as a pirate!

  • John Eaton
    2019-03-12 22:11

    The author has done a wonderful job outlining the life and times of the men and women who ruled the high seas during the 17th and 18th centuries. I found a great deal of historical facts that I had not been able to find in other texts. lifesytles and philosophies of the pirates are described in great detail.This is a great book for either academic research or just for those who want to learn more about what life was really like as a pirate!

  • Joshua Smythe
    2019-03-09 04:02

    This book was originally published under the pseudonym Captain Charles Johnson in 1724, contemporary with most of the pirate whose careers it recounts.The book was definitely not written by Daniel Dafoe (his "Robinson Crusoe" which draws on the same material is the reason for this attribution), but probably by Nathaniel Mist, to whom the copyright was issued.This book is inexpensive since it does not add any copyrighted material - no preface, essays, commentary, etc. - just the original book. But that is a challenge to many of the people reading and reviewing it here, who expect a modern treatment for a modern audience instead of just a 300 year old book. You really need to know what it is, its significance, in order to properly appreciate it.The author clearly interviewed many people connected with the Golden Age of Piracy, including Woodes Rogers who worked to end the reign of the pirates. The accounts given in this book are important historical records of the events that are recorded - though of course must be used with other sources of documentation (diaries, legal records, etc.).This book, which was very popular, created the modern conception of pirates and piracy.A good companion book to read is "The Republic of Pirates" by Colin Woodward, who extensively researched the topic, and writes a modern account of the events that is structurally similar, with chapters devoted to the different major pirates.

  • Matthew Howard
    2019-02-18 02:12

    This review concerns the 1999 Dover paperback edition edited by Manuel Schonhorn, since the reviews in this listing show some confusion about the editions. This book is over 700 pages and collects volumes 1 and 2 of "Captain Johnson's" History of the Pyrates, along with Schonhorn's introduction, end notes, and concluding commentary. It includes some illustrations, a diagram of a ship with its parts labeled to help understand the nautical terminology, and a brief guide to different types of sailing ships. Overall, it is an excellent preservation of an important historical artifact about the Atlantic pyrates of the early 1700s, with many captivating stories and trial records.Whether Daniel Defoe wrote this (under the alias Captain Johnson) remains a point of contention, but Schonhorn presents his case without demanding we accept it as proven fact. The writing style does not make this an easy read, as the prose shows no concern for concision modern readers expect. It is wordy, with sentences that run on and on until you almost forget where they started. As for capitalization, anything goes. Spelling is archaic but comprehensible. Dialogue does not follow modern rules. Pronoun confusion abounds in complex sentences with too many subjects.But this work is from another time, and the antiquated, elaborate prose has a certain charm, with some truly beautiful language making an interesting contrast to the often graphic violence, injuries, and horrors experienced in these tales. Not all chapters are equally exciting, and some do feel like dry recitations of who sailed on what ship from which port carrying what cargo. But many chapters are absolutely gripping, with action on the high seas and salty dialogue from frightening yet captivating rogues.You can find modern books that are easier to read, but I find the language adds to the feeling of immersion in these tales. Still, it might be best to take it in small doses, a chapter at a time, because it's definitely dense. You will also find other books that deal more with pyracy before and after the time period covered here, so this is not a complete guide to the entire subject on a global scale. But it's a remarkable, in-depth work about what it does cover, and an indispensable addition to any library of pyrate lore.

  • Brittni Kayne
    2019-03-06 21:07

    This includes the full text of Defoe's History of the Pyrates, which the editor painstakingly compiled after reviewing multiple editions of the work. It also includes a brief biography of Defoe, a history of pirates around the world, labeled drawings of ships and their parts, and thorough notes and annotations. I was expecting a hundred pages at most, but this book is a big, thick tome of pirate knowledge.

  • Kristin Bauer
    2019-03-03 21:18

    So, this was NOT written by the Daniel Defoe. It is theorized to have been by ONE professor 300 years later "who recognized his hand" - Having read Defoe, who was a great writer, I can tell you this is NOT a great writer - whoever wrote this tome (it was published under Captain Charles Johnson and Woodes Rogers for first 300 yrs). But you will get info on pirates, in the most painful way imaginable. He rambles, gives excrustiating details on names and numbers like its a book report, contradicts himself on dates, lectures about the non christian ways of these devils, tells endless stories in GREAT (painful) detail on non relevant side topics and then skips over something very interesting and somehow...magically....can tell you ALL about every pirate in history and what happened behind closed doors, who said what, and who did what. He must have been a ghost who was everywhere!!! It's actually a joke - but you will learn some stuff, is it true....who knows. There may be other better ways to hear about pirates. This version will hurt but how bad do you want to learn?

  • John Paul Sassone
    2019-03-07 22:06

    Who was Capt. Charles Johnson? No one knows for sure but he wrote an amazing history of the pirates during their golden age. Published in 1724 the book serves as the primary source for biographies of famous pirates and tells tales of pirate lore. It's a fascinating read and ends too quickly. Be a kid again and always be a pirate!!!