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Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting fact from fable

Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting fact from fable
Of all the accounts of New World colonisation in the 16th/17th centuries this one has come to typify those qualities today's US citizens admire and believe their nation stands for. This book sets out to discover the complex and often competingh range of religious, political and commercial interests that impelled this group of people to seek a new life on the other side of the world.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780281079124
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Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Author: Derek Wilson
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The voyage of the `Pilgrim Fathers' from Plymouth, England, and their settlement in Plymouth, New England, is iconic. Unfortunately. Why unfortunately? Because icons both simplify and glamorise. The Mayflower story is a gilded myth, a historical episode seen through the distorting lens of nationalism. Of all the accounts of New World colonisation in the 16th/17th centuries this is the one that has come to typify those qualities today's US citizens admire and believe their nation stands for. The 102 men, women and children who made that journey in the autumn of 1620 would not have recognised themselves in the heroes and heroines portrayed in films and romantic novels over the last century or so. In 1620, 102 men, women and children turned their backs on their native land, having decided that it was not a Christian country. This book explores the events of 1520-1620 to find the roots of their conviction. Digging down to the roots of extremist religious separation, while also analysing the soil within which they grew, necessitates exploring several contemporary events and movements, and these the author investigates in parallel in order to appreciate how the events and movements combined or clashed, merged or rebounded. The group believed they knew what a Christian commonwealth would be like and that they could, under God, create it. On the contrary, the communities they planted replicated the vices and virtues of the ones they had left; the seeds of corruption lying within them. In this book, Derek Wilson strips away the over-painting from the icon in order to discover who the Pilgrim `Fathers' (a term invented in1840) were, and to explain them against the background of the age in which they lived. He does this by exploring a series of probing questions, each of which narrows the focus until the travellers on the storm-tossed Mayflower stand before us clearly delineated. Some of those who left for America returned to join in the struggle of Parliament versus the Crown. Idealists had several blueprints to choose from; most of which related to construction in the Old World rather than the New. The book is hardback, in 244pp. 12 chapters, illustrated, and with Notes, Select bibliography and an Index.
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