Mary Dyer: Biography of a Rebel Quaker
This is the history of Mary Dyer (1611--1660) whose efforts to seek and find 'freedom to worship' led eventually to her death. Her quest began when she and her husband sailed from 'Old' to 'New' England in 1635. They were soon disillusioned by the intolerant practices and beliefs of the Puritans, who considered all truth could be found in the Old Testament -- and only there. Variations, from Puritan interpretations of the Ten Commandments, were punished by cruel torture and/or death. Banished from Boston for protesting such rigidity in belief and practice, Mary was among the group who founded Rhodes Island, where freedom in belief and practice of worship was established.
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This book makes the claim that Mary Barrett Dyer was the daughter of Arabella Stuart and William Seymour. This is a legend associated with Mary Barrett and has no basis in fact. The identity of the parents of Mary Barrett are not known.
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Mary Dyar was a Quaker martyr who willingly went to the gallows for her beliefs. The Puritans who ran colonial Massachusetts in the 1600s were a judgmental and cruel bunch, ready to beat and hang any ... Read full review