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 londons writer publishers. Captain charles johnsons general history of pirates was one of the best selling books of 1724 when it was first published it provides a sweeping account of what has come to be called the golden age of piracy it went through four editions in two years and without doubt owed a substantial part of its success to a dramatic writing style that vividly captures the realities of pirates savage . Originally published in 1724 a general history of the pirates grippingly chronicles the adventures and misadventures of the most infamous pirates who ruled the high seas at the turn of the 18th century from charles vanes rampant use of torture on his crew to the incredibly successful bartholomew roberts pirating career blackbeards legendary fearsome demeanor and captain . A general history of the pyrates from their first rise and settlement in the island of providence to the present time contents the preface introduction of captain avery and his crew of captain martel and his crew of captain teach alias black beard of major stede bonnet and his crew of capt edw england and his crew of capt chales vane and his crew of capt . The first edition of a general history of robberies and murders of the most notorious pirates shortened to simply a general history of pyrates was published in 1724 and featured many biographies and stories of the flying gang and other pirates from the post spanish succession period
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