The Journey to the Mayflower

The Journey to the Mayflower God's Outlaws and the Invention of Freedom

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Synopsis

'A rattling good read' - The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower - the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. It's a foundational event in American history, but it began as an English story, which pioneered the idea of religious freedom.

The illegal underground movement of Protestant separatists from Elizabeth I's Church of England is a story of subterfuge and danger, arrests and interrogations, prison and executions. It starts with Queen Mary's attempts to burn Protestantism out of England, which created a Protestant underground. Later, when Elizabeth's Protestant reformation didn't go far enough, radicals recreated that underground, meeting illegally throughout England, facing prison and death for their crimes. They went into exile in the Netherlands, where they lived in poverty - and finally the New World.

Stephen Tomkins tells this fascinating story - one that is rarely told as an important piece of English, as well as American, history - that is full of contemporary relevance: religious violence, the threat to national security, freedom of religion and tolerance of dangerous opinions.

This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the untold story of how the Mayflower came to be launched.

'A riveting story ... impeccably researched history ... engaging and entertaining, this book serves as reminder of the importance of upholding religious freedom in our current age.' - Tim Farron MP

Book information

ISBN: 9781473649118
Publisher: John Murray Press
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Pub date:
DEWEY: 285.909031
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 33540
Number of pages: xi, 372
Weight: 262g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 28mm