Before the Mayflower: A Novel

Before the Mayflower: A Novel

by J. L. Rose


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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692197370
Publisher: Choir Alley Press
Publication date: 11/03/2018
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 375,710
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

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Part 1

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)

Part 2

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"

Suggested Reading

Touring the Novel's Path

About the Author

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