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Mayflower Pilgrims

(2019)
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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 Mayflower Pilgrims Derek Wilson strips away the over-painting from the icon in order to discover who the Pilgrim 'Fathers' (a term not invented until 1840) 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.



Praise for this book

"Masterful and lively." - Alison Weir


Used availability for Derek Wilson's Mayflower Pilgrims

Hardback Editions

September 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting Fact from Fable
Author(s): Derek Wilson
ISBN: 0-281-07912-9 / 978-0-281-07912-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting Fact from Fable
Author(s): Derek Wilson
ISBN: 0-281-07913-7 / 978-0-281-07913-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2019 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting Fact from Fable
Author(s): Derek Wilson
Publisher: SPCK
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU