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David Lindsay, researching old records to learn details of the life of his ancestor, Richard More, soon found himself in the position of the Sorcerer's Apprentice-wherever he looked for one item, ten more appeared. What he found illuminated not only More's own life but painted a clear and satisfying picture of the way the First Comers, Saints and Strangers alike, set off for the new land, suffered the voyage on the Mayflower, and put down their roots to thrive on our continent's northeastern shore. From the ...
David Lindsay, researching old records to learn details of the life of his ancestor, Richard More, soon found himself in the position of the Sorcerer's Apprentice-wherever he looked for one item, ten more appeared. What he found illuminated not only More's own life but painted a clear and satisfying picture of the way the First Comers, Saints and Strangers alike, set off for the new land, suffered the voyage on the Mayflower, and put down their roots to thrive on our continent's northeastern shore. From the story, Richard emerges as a man of questionable morals, much enterprise, and a good deal of old-fashioned pluck, a combination that could get him into trouble-and often did. He lived to father several children, to see, near the end of his life, a friend executed as a witch in Salem, and to be read out of the church for unseemly behavior. Mayflower Bastard lets readers see history in a new light by turning an important episode into a personal experience.
|Introduction: The Casting Out||xix|
|3.||The Promised Land||35|
|4.||A Mother's Wish||51|
|6.||Providence and Desire||87|
|7.||A Familist Affair||102|
|8.||The Double Life of Richard More||115|
|10.||The Quaker Crisis||142|
|11.||Battles Large and Small||158|
|12.||Under Watchful Eyes||175|
|Aftermath: Stone Remains||214|
Posted November 5, 2003
Along with the author, I am also a direct descendent of Richard More through his daughter Susanna. I have done extensive research into my family history and have collected the dates, places, etc. regarding my family. Thanks to David Lindsay he has brought Richard More, the man, to life. He has done an excellent job in making you understand what Richard More went though during his lifetime and how you felt sorry for him when he is taken away from his mother and sent off to a new land at the age of 5. Richard's life was a real-life soap opera with all the drama. It makes an excellent read whether you are family or not. I even purchased an extra book so I can hand them down to my children someday. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
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Posted November 30, 2005
I enjoyed the text not only for it's inventive way of exploring our early history, but also for the obvious research it entailed to complete it. I share the confusion that the other reviewers have referred to, of the occassional use of referring to the reader as 'you'. It tended to confuse me more than make me think more deeply of the subject matter. But I recommend the book highly for anyone who shares a curiousity of just what our ancestors really were like in the early Colonial period. In this context the author has done a superb job. And I want to commend him for his efforts. As anyone who has studied family history knows finding details of an ancestors life is extremely difficult in the best of cases and to have it woven so well into a full historical context is a real pleasure for the reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2004
I picked this book up several years after taking particular note of Richard More's headstone in the Old Burying Ground in Salem. I was intruigued by the idea of learning more about this relatively anonymous Mayflower passensger whose life spanned the ancient beginning through the Salem Witch Trials. I wasn't terribly disappointed. Though Lindsay imposes some unnecessary parallels between his own life and that of More, he nevertheless does a very nice job splicing together an interesting and cohesive narrative about More's life. I can imagine the daunting task of trying assemble enough information to make this work. Although More wasn't an unknown, he is certainly no fixture in American history books, so the information Lindsay provides seems to be the product of some extraordinaryly intense research. And at the same time, he does not succumb to the temptation to include some of the less verafiable leads he mentioned outside the text, like the appearance of William Shakespeare. I was a bit put off by his address of the reader as 'you,' as though I was actually part of the Salem congregation that helped impugn More for his adultery. It was distracting and unecessary, although it was perhaps an attempt to bring some additional flavor to waht he may have feared was too dry a text. Lindsay shouldhave ignored this impulse. On the whole, it will be a very enjoyable read to anyone with a particular interest in the Mayflower or the earlist days of the colonies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.