If you were living in civilized places like England or the Netherlands, why would you consider boarding the Mayflower, bound for the New World? The Atlantic crossing would be a nightmare, with the threat of storms, pirates, and cramped, dark conditions. Even if you reached land, you were destined for a wild place, lacking shelter and filled with uncertainty. Your odds of survival hovered at fifty percent.
Enter the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the thirty-three years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford, with the fictional London family of printer Nicholas Okes.
The printing press connects the characters, with some obeying the King’s rules, and others fleeing to the Netherlands for religious freedom and printing forbidden works. Romance ripples through the families, leading them to the docks in Southampton, waiting in the shadow of the ships. Who will venture aboard, and will it be for love, land, or religious freedom?
Keeping History Alive...Proceeds from this book will be donated to Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA) and The American Leiden Pilgrim Museum (Leiden, the Netherlands). Donations will also be offered to the Pieterskerk, Hooglandsekerk, and Weaver’s House Museum (Leiden, the Netherlands), as well as the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
|Publisher:||Choir Alley Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: To the Tower
Chapter 2: The Printer
Chapter 3: Westward Ho, Back to Biblio
Chapter 4: A Change of Reign
Chapter 5: The Letters
Chapter 6: The Sign of The Rose (Okes Residence)
Chapter 7: Removal from Amsterdam to Leyden
Chapter 8: Visit to the Verger
Chapter 9: Death Escapes No One
Chatper 10: Wool and Books
Chapter 11: John Robinson's Congregation and the Green Close
Chapter 12: The Printers
Chapter 13: 1615
Chapter 14: 1616
Chatper 15: 1617
Chapter 16: 1618
Chapter 17: 1619
Chapter 18: 1620
Main Character List; Fact or Fiction
Intentional Historical "Errors"
Touring the Novel's Path
About the Author