Troubador Voices of The Mayflower

Released: 28/02/2020

ISBN: 9781838592523

Format: Paperback

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Voices of The Mayflower


Voices of The Mayflower tells the story of a handful of religious fanatics, brave souls, crooks and cowards who sailed from Europe to New England 400 years ago - some in pursuit of religious freedom but most adventurers in the quest for riches. The narrative begins in 1602 six years before a small band known as Separatists flee persecution in England for the Netherlands. Exile is a painful disappointment but, undaunted, they sail the Atlantic in a rickety ship used for the Bordeaux wine trade to a world where they hope to create a perfect community. 

Half of them die within weeks of landing in New England. For the rest, there is nothing but a heroic struggle to survive famine, plague, ‘savages and wild lions’. They are cheated by their London backers and betrayed and almost bankrupted by one of their own. They confound their reputation as God-fearing folk by ruthlessly beheading a Native American chief.  

We share moments of love and loyalty - though most marriages are matters of cold convenience. There are stories of idealism and sacrifice but this is not a warm saga of ‘pilgrims’ living in saintly perfection; some are guilty of greed, duplicity and even murder. 

This is the story of The Mayflower and the voyage that changed the world.

A friend persuaded me that reading this book would help me to overcome my prejudice against historical fiction – how right he was. I thought I knew the story of The Mayflower but the serious research behind ‘Voices of the Mayflower’ brings the history to life in a thoughtful and entertaining way, revealed through contemporary accounts which provide not only its historical background, but also an insight into some of the passengers on the Mayflower. A fascinating story of love and loss, determination, duplicity, and extraordinary fortitude. I really enjoyed it.

by Carolyn Cavele

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