Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience (Hardback)
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Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 30/07/2019

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Leading into the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, Martyn Whittock examines the lives of the “saints” (members of the Separatist puritan congregations) and “strangers” (economic migrants) on the original ship. Collectively, these people would become known to history as “the Pilgrims.”

The story of the Pilgrims has taken on a life of its own as one of our founding national myths—their escape from religious persecution, the dangerous transatlantic journey, that brutal first winter. Throughout the narrative, we meet characters already familiar to us through Thanksgiving folklore—Captain Jones, Myles Standish, and Tisquantum (Squanto)—as well as new ones.

There is Mary Chilton, the first woman to set foot on shore, and asylum seeker William Bradford. We meet fur trapper John Howland and little Mary More, who was brought as an indentured servant. Then there is Stephen Hopkins, who had already survived one shipwreck and was the only Mayflower passenger with any prior American experience. Decidedly un-puritanical, he kept a tavern and was frequently chastised for allowing drinking on Sundays.

Epic and intimate, Mayflower Lives is a rich and rewarding book that promises to enthrall readers of early American history.

Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781643131320
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 239 x 163 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“Whittock [is] an engaging writer. The author's female stories prove especially poignant. Disease. Stories full of faith and struggle lose none of their mythological quality.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Whittock pays homage to the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s 1620 voyage. Using as a lens the lives of more than a dozen people associated with the ship, he explores religion, politics, economics, romance and family life, crime, and relations with Native Americans in the Plymouth settlement.” - Publishers Weekly

“It’s perhaps not so surprising that such an assemblage of resolute men and women should contain a number of memorable lives, though it is surprising just how much historians have discovered about people who, with only two or three exceptions, remained unknown in their own day. Mr. Whittock has woven their stories together wonderfully.” - Wall Street Journal

“Whittock’s recounting of these seminal lives makes great reading for students of early colonial American history.” - Booklist

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