Author and historian Sue Allan has extensively researched Brewster’s early years in Scrooby and elsewhere in England, and here presents an original and insightful view of how he developed into the man who would spiritually lead and nurture the congregation at Plymouth Colony. A much-needed background on the Scrooby community is provided, as well as ample detail on the political and religious climates into which he was raised. Notable familial details, adding complexity to Brewster’s father and his upbringing, are investigated—including Chancery lawsuits that paint William Brewster, Sr., in a less positive light. The full texts of select newly-discovered and important documents are included, which will be a definite benefit to future researchers.
Particularly insightful is the study of how William Brewster was influenced—even religiously—by William Davison. His early associations and probable interactions with other religious Protestants, such as Thomas Cartwright, John Penry, Francis Johnson, and others, shows Brewster as a far more interconnected individual with the movement than had been previously considered, rather than simply as a Leiden-based publisher and covert distributor of suppressed religious texts who later acted as Church Elder for the Plymouth congregation. Background details on Brewster’s paternal and material ancestors, siblings and half-siblings, aunts and uncles, will provide ample new material for the family historian and genealogist to mull over.
At the conclusion, the reader of this book will have a much greater sense of who Pilgrim William Brewster was, and how he developed and later influenced the Mayflower Pilgrims and their church.
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'Like the fiction of films or costumed re-enactments, Sue Allan's historical novel takes us beyond court records and official memoirs to conversations and emotions whose reality went unrecorded. Cleverly noticing the Pilgrim Fathers least studied by historians, Sue invents a tale of adventure and romance that lets us imagine the life of a maidservant who chose to join the Mayflower Pilgrims. Well-researched and evocative.--- Jeremy Bangs, Director, Leiden American Pilgrim Museum and Pilgrim Father scholar.
Voted amongst the Best Reads of 2005 by BBC Radio 4's Open Book.
About a year ago I read and enjoyed Mayflower Maid, which told the story of an obscure servant's adventures on the ship and in the New World. Now here is the sequel, and as middle books of trilogies so often tread water I wondered if the high standard would be there. I need not have worried because this is another excellent book, dealing with Bessie's reunion with her true husband Thomas, their stay in Jamestown and subsequent adventures back in England during the Civil War.
This is another book that manages expertly to get under the skin of C17th people, what drove them, their everyday lives, morals and concerns. There are probably fewer novels published about this century than any other in the past half millennium, so this is another treat. Even more so are the almost tangible descriptions of the places in the story, and the very real-seeming characters that populate them. No modern folk in historical dress here; this is history without the varnish and idealization, without too much dwelling on dirt and despair.
I felt that I had read a long story although this is a short book, and look forward to the final part with relish. Real historical fiction! - Rachel. A. Hyde, Histoical Novel Review.
Bessie has already had enough adventures (and misadventures) to fill several lifetimes in the New World and during the Civil War; now she must survive the rigors of Cromwell’s reign and the triumphant return of the monarchy, as well as the woes of plague and fire.
It is good to get a novel about the 17th century, which is surely the least written about century in the last thousand years. So much happened then too — and most of it gets told in these three books. They aren’t large books either, but I invariably prefer quality to quantity and there is certainly true quality here as well as a quantity of adventures, which is the best of both for a novel.
Bessie tells the story, and she comes over very much as a woman of her time, getting under the skin of what it must have been like to have lived through such a significant period. The other people in the book and their exploits have that all-important ring of authenticity about them too, making this very much a realistic book.
More from this author soon please — being able to spin the dross of history into the gold of story is not a common talent despite the wealth of historical fiction available.- Rachel Hyde
This novel tells the fascinating real-life story of Rose Hickman, nee Locke. Nearing the end of her life, she wrote a memoir, only part of which still survives. Having done a considerable amount of research, Sue Allan has reconstructed the ‘missing bits’.
The Lockes and the Hickmans were prosperous London mercers, close to the Crown. They remained steadfast in the Protestantism throughout the turbulent years of the English Reformation. Their beliefs developed into what we today would call Nonconformist, and even when Protestantism was the established religion of England under Elizabeth I, the family suffered much hardship because of their faith.
Sue Allan has made this subject her own in her trilogy that includes Mayflower Maid, Jamestown Woman, and Restoration Lady. Tudor Rose can be seen as a ‘prequel’.
Lady Rose was born during the reign of Henry VIII and died during that of James I at the ripe old age of 87.
Sue Allan has put her heart and soul into bringing a long-forgotten lady to wider attention in what is, clearly, a labour of love... Sally Zigmond,
Historical Novels Review
' I am very excited about this, my latest historical fiction. For many years I grew up not knowing anything about my father's Canadian Weatherup family. Because neither did he.
So, having been inspired by BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are' television series and aided by the 'Ancestry' genealogy internet site, I decided it was time to find my family roots.
What did I expect to find? A few skeletons in the family wardrobe for certain - and perhaps the reason why my Canadian-born father and his little sister had found themselves abandoned in London, England by his mother during the Great Depression and disowned by his father.
What I hadn't expect to find was a gruesome murder in the family at Halloween that, one-hundred-and-thirty-years later in the Hope area, had become an urban myth. '
'...an absorbing read. The stories are packed with information that conveys the conventions and attitudes affecting the characters, and portrays realistic and at times harrowing details, which leave a lasting impression on the reader.' Janet Williamson, 'Historic Novels Review' February 2011 Edition'
Steps along the Mayflower Trail is not intended to be a book about the Mayflower Pilgrims -or Separatists, as they were known before their voyage to America.
Instead, this book has been written as a reference companion for those who are already familiar with the Separatist's saga- but who are perhaps not so familiar with the places that feature in it.
Steps along the Mayflower Trail sets out to illuminate those villages, towns and buildings in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, that played major roles in their odyssey. These are the places that many of the Separatists would have once known as home.
Text by Sue Allan with photographs by Roger Vorhauer.
A part of the proceeds of this book goes to the Pilgrim churches of Scrooby, Babworth and Austerfield.
Sue's new guide to Gainsborough Old Hall comes in two versions.The basic version just includes a guide to the history of the building itself while her extended version (twice the size) also contains the history of the Burgh and Hickman families who once lived there and the section 'Faith and the Old Hall' tells the story of the seeds of the English Reformation to the begining of the Separatists movement.
Out Now 2013
'In search of Scrooby Manor'
At last a complete guide to the history of Scrooby Manor and the people who lived at this iconic building.
Packed full with colour pictures and diagrams including the first photographs of the inside of the Manor Chapel.
James Brewster, Bawtry Chapel, and 'A Wicked Trybe of People'
The revered name of William Brewster takes center stage in the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Many Americans proudly trace their descent from this great man and yet very few know the name of his clergyman brother, James, the Brewster who stayed behind in England.
In 1584, Archbishop Sandys appointed the Cambridge educated James Brewster to the position of Master of the Hospital Chapel of Mary Magdalene near Bawtry. Within a few short years Sandys would be dead and Brewster would be embroiled in a bitter court case accused for his part in misappropriating this Church property for his own enrichment. Historians would label James as a would-be thief and quarrelsome drunkard thus casting a stain upon his character for centuries to come.
Therefore on the scant occasions when mention is made that William Brewster had a brother, it is only ever in passing and never at length lest the deeds of the one taint the other. And yet was James Brewster deserving of his sordid reputation?
And how did this tiny chapel become such a bone of angry contention in the seething feud between the Brewster family and that of the highly volatile Mortons of Bawtry?