The Mayflower

The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser

  • Published: Oct 02, 2020

From acclaimed historian and biographer Rebecca Fraser comes a vivid narrative history of the Mayflower and of the Winslow family, who traveled to America in search of a new world. The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of... read more

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Details of The Mayflower

Exact title of the book
The Mayflower
Book author
Rebecca Fraser
ISBN
9781250297334
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Nov 21, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

From acclaimed historian and biographer Rebecca Fraser comes a vivid narrative history of the Mayflower and of the Winslow family, who traveled to America in search of a new world. The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history. But the poorly-equipped group of English Puritans who ventured across the Atlantic in the early autumn of 1620 had no sense they would pass into legend.

They had eighty casks of butter and two dogs but no cattle for milk, meat, or ploughing. They were ill-prepared for the brutal journey and the new land that few of them could comprehend. But the Mayflower story did not end with these Pilgrims arrival on the coast of New England or their first uncertain years as settlers.

Rebecca Fraser traces two generations of one ordinary family and their extraordinary response to the challenges of life in America. Edward Winslow, an apprentice printer, fled England and then Holland for a life of religious freedom and opportunity. Despite the intense physical trials of settlement, he found America exotic, enticing, and endlessly interesting.

He built a home and a family, and his remarkable friendship with King Massassoit, Chief of the Wampanoags, is part of the legend of Thanksgiving. Yet, fifty years later, Edwards son Josiah was commanding the New England militias against Massassoits son in King Philips War. The Mayflower is an intensely human portrait of the Winslow family written with the pace of an epic.

Rebecca Fraser details domestic life in the seventeenth century, the histories of brave and vocal Puritan women and the contradictions between generations as fathers and sons made the painful decisions which determined their future in America. Praise for The Mayflower "Fraser is a careful researcher, fair and level-headed. She is also an excellent painter of characters; in judging them, she looks at their deeds with contemporary mores in mind.

Even if the Mayflower shelf is a crowded one, this is a book that deserves its place on it." The Economist "Rebecca Fraser tells the familiar Pilgrim story with new vitality by focusing on the impressively successful Winslow family." The Economist

About author

Fraser, daughter of noted British historian Lady Antonia Fraser, is the author of The Story of Britain, which has been described as "an elegantly written, impressively well-informed single-volume history of how England was governed during the past 2000 years." A reviewer and broadcaster, her previous work also includes a biography of Charlotte Bront which examined her life within the framework of contemporary attitudes to women. Rebecca Fraser was President of the Bront Society for many years. Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple AudioFileEarphones Awards and has been named by AudioFilemagazine as a "Voice of the Century," as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010.

She has narrated works by authors as Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Edith Wharton, and Sophie Kinsella.

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