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

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    History as it ought to be written - engaging and comprehensive - a retelling of a well-known story from a unique angle.

    Most of the history about Plymouth that I've read tends to focus on Plymouth: why the Pilgrims went, how they got there, what happened there, and how they survived.
    Bunker's approach assumes familiarity with that outline of the story, and he sets off to see the Pilgrims in the context of the world they left and lived in. There's rich history, well-researched, presenting the Pilgrim's political, economic and spiritual connections in England, and dealing with them in terms of the wider world.
    Bunker paints a canvas of the business cycle, changing patterns of international trade, politics and policy, taxes, Calvinism and the Church of England. He does so in a very readable style for the general interest reader, but his scholarship is deep and there's a lot of new material for the serious historian too.
    This book causes a rethink of everything you thought you knew about the Plymouth Colony.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    A new spin on an old tale

    I've read lots of books that deal with the topic of the Pilgrim Fathers and upon hearing about this new take I had to read it. I just finished it yesterday and I was not let down by it but at the same time it wasn't my favorite book on the subject.

    What I liked about it was it filled in the missing pieces of the puzzle that other books about New Plymouth leave out...what was going on in England. Half the time people think that these folks woke up one day and just sailed to America because of religious freedom. That is true but that's not the whole story.

    Nick Bunker does a great job in filling in the back story. I leaned a lot about Calvinism and the north of England from this text. I would call this almost a prequel book to most books on the Pilgrims.

    What I didn't like was that you almost have to be English and be from northern England to really appreciate the middle part of this book. Being an American I felt lost at points or was just bored.

    For me I liked the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th part but the two middle parts dragged for me.

    If someone wants to learn about Plymouth Plantation and their from America I would recommend "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick first. If that grabs your attention then I would say read this on. Not the best starting spot for new readers of the subject but a good reference for those that have read all the American side before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Great information about the ship Mayflower!

    Great information about the ship Mayflower!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    an eagle

    She grabes sweetheart by the scruff and flys out. If hunter trys to steal you again ignor him. Go back to darkclaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Sweetheart

    Hides in the corner shivering, crying. "Two legs she whisspers....good Hunter....Bad Michal....Bad HunterS.....good Darkkckaw." She sits there whispering and sobbing in teror in mummbled tones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Hunter

    He picks sweetheart up and pets her.

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    Posted November 8, 2012

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    Silence

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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    Let her go!

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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    Runs in with arorua

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