The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser

The Mayflower

Rebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness. But the story did not end there. All settlers had to become linguists, traders, and explorers, and yet not forget their roots and customs from the old country. With the aid of exciting contemporary documents, Rebecca Fraser brings to life of an ordinary family, the Winslows, made less ordinary by ...

Details The Mayflower

TitleThe Mayflower
Release DateNov 1st, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Literature, American

Reviews The Mayflower

  • Ben House
    On this Thanksgiving Season in 2017, it is easy to think back to the American Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving (which really wasn’t the first–Thanksgiving started in the southern colonies). The pleasant features of the story are ingrained into our culture. Even those times when some tried to divert the message into being a feast where the Pilgrims were giving thanks to the Indians for their help, the religiou...
  • Deb
    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway Program. Thank you! As a history book, it is a slow read. Your mind MUST be on what you are reading and nothing else. It gave the Pilgrims personalities. I felt like they were finally people and not just a group that did everything in one accord. I am related to a lot of these people...Brooke, Winslow, Waldegrave, Arnold, White. Thank you so much for letting me see their joys, their struggles.
  • Emmett Hoops
    This is an exceedingly interesting and engagingly written book. I was hesitant to purchase it because I thought it might be slightly fawning, as other books about the Mayflower families were. It is decidedly not fawning. The author makes clear the forces acting on each person were historically and culturally rooted. She implicitly warns us against holding the actions of the past up against the mirror of modernism, and this is enormously beneficia...
  • Camille
    The Mayflower aims to tell the story of the families, focusing on the Winslows, that fled to America and founded Plymouth. That’s what the subtitle says (“The Families, the Voyage and the Founding of America”). cover122138-mediumAnd that’s what Rebecca Fraser does for the first half of the book.The first half of the book is, I believe, excellent. It is extremely detailed and everything is explained: the religious and political situation, ...
  • Socraticgadfly
    A different perspective, but marredMy own take was that this was probably a 3.5 star ... I bumped it down the half-star based on what the two reviewers with relatives of the period said on Amazon.My own take, in brief?1. Being written as a British take offers something different from an American version. That alone is good.2. Showing the back-and-forth between New England and England, especially during the Commonwealth is good.That said, the book...
  • Kristine
    The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.Written as a character study within the framework of history, it almost should've been called Plymouth, due to the extent of the timeline beyond the first Mayflower voyage (1620-1704) and the outcomes of the original families. What I loved most was to learn about aspects I'd never considered before, like Si...
  • Jake
    Did not finish. Read about two-thirds of the book. This is a history book, but it's history through the lens of Edward Winslow's life. I generally enjoyed the earlier section of the book which detailed the struggle of the Puritans during the early days of the Plymouth colony. But there are so many people to keep track of in this book. At some point it honestly becomes kind of ridiculous, and it feels like the book becomes so bogged down in follow...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    The Mayflower is an in depth look at the history of Plymouth Colony and the Pilgrims who settled it. Fraser introduces the cast of characters in a comfortable manner. So many died the first year of settle,met, it is astonishing the colony endured. The text includes copious footnotes and extensive bibliography. This book is great for historians or history enthusiasts. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.
  • Mariann
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is as much about the New England American Indians as it was about the Pilgrims. The author’s comprehensive research provides an intimate look at their lives as they struggled to survive in the untamed areas of the eastern shore. I learned so much about the beginning of the United States through her in-depth details. This is the perfect read for the month of November. I️ won this book in a G...
  • Katherine
    I have always had an interest in New England history, especially pre-revolution and found this book most enjoyable and fairly readable once I got into it. It seems like a balanced view and I especially appreciated the background in the Netherlands and the description of the effects of the English Civil War on England and New England. I had never connected these larger world events with the details of New England's story.