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Fcina Facinating story of an historic shipwreck
Engaging retelling of this amazing story and the events surroundiing it. Sure to plese adventure lovers. History buffs. And SHakespeare enthusiasts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2011
Excellent shipwreck story: History of Virginia, Bermuda and Shakespeare.
This book is an interesting combination of the founding of English Bermuda, the survival of a shipwreck, the survival of the Jamestown Virginia colony, and the inspiration for Shakespeare's "The Tempest."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Having been born [and continuing living] in Hampton VA [founded in 1610], just down the road from Jamestown, I found this a fascinating part of the history of the survival of Jamestown and thus the survival of English America.
If you enjoy visiting Bermuda, as I do, then you will find the connection between Jamestown and Bermuda of great interest.
"Brave Vessel" tells of the shipwreck, in 1609, of the Sea Venture on the reefs of Bermuda. The Jamestown's new leaders were on Sea Venture, and survived for nearly a year before building two ships to continue on to Jamestown.
William Strachey, a writer on the ship who was hired by the Virginia Company to record the events on Jamestown, recorded the happenings of the shipwreck.
Strachey's letter to a potential patron, that was sent back to England
during his stay in Jamestown was the inspiration for "The Tempest."
"A Brave Vessel : The true tale of the castaways who rescued Jamestown" is an excellent account of how this all happened.
This book will be an excellent read for Fans of history, whether it is of America or Bermuda, as well as those who are fans of Shakespeare, and are curious about the inspiration for one of Shakespeare's most respected works.
Those who enjoy a good adventure story, or are fascinated about shipwrecks will find enjoyment here too.
This book is an excellent read, and connects for the reader the founding of Bermuda 400 years ago [and may finally answer the question: "Why is Bermuda mentioned in The Tempest, when the play is supposed to take place in the Mediterranean Sea?"] with the survival of English America and great literature.
I recommend this book most highly. You will enjoy it.