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The Mayflower Pilgrims

Titel : The Mayflower Pilgrims
Auteur(s) : Derek Wilson
EAN : 9780281079124
Uitgever : SPCK Publishing
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The Mayflower Pilgrims
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Derek Wilson wrote a book about the Mayflower Pilgrims with the theme Sifting fact from fable.

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. And yet 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.

Derek Wilson strips away the over-painting from the icon in order to discover what motivated the Pilgrim 'Fathers' (a term not invented until 1840), 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.

In characteristically lucid and vivid prose, Derek Wilson maps the multiple historical paths leading to one of the most famous embarkations in history. A fresh and admirably unsentimental account of the forces shaping the "Pilgrim Fathers".,
Peter Marshall, FBA, FRHistS, Professor of History, University of Warwick

I cannot praise too highly Derek Wilson's prose style, which is both masterful and lively. He writes with great conviction and a breathtaking attention to the kind of personal detail that makes his books such compelling reading.
-- Alison Weir, historian and novelist

EAN : 9780281079124
Auteur(s) : Derek Wilson
Taal : English
Onderwerp : Historische biografieën
Uitgever : SPCK Publishing
Verschenen : November 2019
Druk : 1
Conditie : Nieuw
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