Mary Dyer: Biography of a Rebel Quaker

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Branden Pub., Jan 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages
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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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MARY DYER: Biography of a Rebel Quaker

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The story of Mary Dyer, executed in 1660 in Boston for her Quaker beliefs, should be an instructive walk on the darker side of American democracy—but this treatment by debut author Plimpton reads ... Read full review

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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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Plimpton is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Simmons School of Social Work where she got a masters degree in children's publice welfare

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