Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World : a New History

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2010 - History - 489 pages
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At the end of 1618, a blazing green star soared across the night sky over the northern hemisphere. From the Philippines to the Arctic, the comet became a sensation and a symbol, a warning of doom or a promise of salvation. Two years later, as the Pilgrims prepared to sail across the Atlantic on board the Mayflower, the atmosphere remained charged with fear and expectation. Men and women readied themselves for war, pestilence, or divine retribution. Against this background, and amid deep economic depression, the Pilgrims conceived their enterprise of exile.

Within a decade, despite crisis and catastrophe, they built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on beaver fur, corn, and cattle. In doing so, they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Using a wealth of new evidence from landscape, archaeology, and hundreds of overlooked or neglected documents, Nick Bunker gives a vivid and strikingly original account of the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. From mercantile London and the rural England of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I to the mountains and rivers of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative that combines religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.

The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, political radicals as well as Christian idealists. Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth, from their roots in religious conflict and village strife at home to their final creation of a permanent foothold in America.
  

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Review: Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World

User Review  - Edgar Raines - Goodreads

Making Haste from Babylon is obviously a labor of love, researched over many years, written in a style that at its best achieves the status of a prose poem. Throughout the author tries to understand ... Read full review

Review: Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World

User Review  - Brianna DuMont - Goodreads

Stars for sheer amount of research involved, however organization is severely lacking and tricky to overcome. Also, some sound editing was needed--not all of that research had to make it in the book. Read full review

Contents

Tnr BF AER or NIAWOOSHEN
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Pa rt One THE HEAVENS AND THE
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TROUBLECHURCH BROWNI
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MEN AND QMEN ox rm1 CLAY
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Part Tlrm SEPARATION
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Ti112 WAYS or SALVATION
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Epil0gue THE LAST SHAMAN 414
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F u rtlazr Reading
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About the author (2010)

A graduate of King's College, Cambridge, with a master's degree from Columbia University, Nick Bunker has had a diverse career in finance and journalism. A former investment banker and reporter for the Financial Times, he now lives with his wife, Susan, in Lincolnshire, England.

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