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

Martyn Whittock



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04 December 2019
History; History of the Americas; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700
A fresh and revealing history of one of the most seminal events in American history as seen through fourteen diverse and dynamic figures.

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 who collectively became 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.
By:   Martyn Whittock
Imprint:   Pegasus
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 239mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   470g
ISBN:   9781643131320
ISBN 10:   164313132X
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   04 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Martyn Whittock has written numerous educational and history books, including titles on Viking and Anglo-Saxon history. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and other archaeological journals. He lives in Oxford, UK.

Reviews for Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience

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

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