Few journeys have been as hard, the outcome as uncertain, the eventual result as dramatic as that of the Puritan Separatists in 1620. A story of faith, heroism and inspiration.
A thrilling illustrated narrative based on contemporary accounts that recounts the lives and adventures of the people that made the voyage in the Mayflower in 1620. Hounded from their homes and churches in England and forced to flee to Holland they decided to seek out a new life in an unknown land. The first chapters describe the struggles and adversities they faced in England and in Holland, the business negotiations that failed and the ship that was too leaky to carry passengers safely. Finally in autumn, the most unsuitable time of year, they set sail for America in a small trading vessel - The Mayflower.
They endured extreme hardships on arrival, only surviving through the help of Native American's. Gradually the community put down roots and was joined by other arriving colonist. The book explores the significance of the voyage of the Mayflower in the development of the United Sates of America and paints a vivid and compelling picture of the faith, heroism and inspiration of the Pilgrim Fathers. It shows how their ideals and beliefs came to inform the culture and constitution of the United States today.
'Anthea and Julia Ballam's new account of the famous voyage of the Mayflower and the establishment of the Pilgrims in America is the clearest the most vivid I have ever read. This is a timeless, inspirational story that will be enjoyed by people of all ages: exciting, informative and beautifully retold.' - Nigel Hamilton, biographer.
'Anthea and Julia's haunting account of the Pilgrims and their voyage is packed with surprises. They carry off triumphantly that difficult combination of historical accuracy and imaginative insight, which brings the whole story vividly to life.' - Robin Briggs, Historian.
About the author
Julia Ballam is Professor of English Literature at De Montfort University, and Emeritus fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University, and author of Woman of Passion and This Stage-Play World. Her sister ANTHEA is a freelance writer, and they live in Oxford, England.