I bought this book over a year ago and just now read it. I was thoroughly impressed with this little gem!
I'd thought the book would only be about Anne Bradstreet, her life is a great part of this book, yet I received an education in Puritan's.
What I thought I knew about Puritan's was based purely on what little information I had from school (a long time ago.) Also from other's prejudices (I'm ashamed to declare.)
What I did learn about Puritan's is that they were brave, independent (not from God, but from man), they believed in a strong work ethic and in education and family.
Most Puritan's drank beer.
Baptism for children was either by sprinkling or washing.
They were interested in sports, recreation, reading, fishing, hunting, music (although not in church.)
What they forbade was celebrating Christmas and Easter, because people tended to over indulge in alcohol and food.
They forbade baptism of children if the parents were not members of church.
It is also true they (not all) tended to lean on the side of strictness and no-nonsense behavior.
Puritanism was summed up by Samuel Eliot Morison, "Puritanism was a way of life based on the belief that the Bible was the Word of God, and the whole Word of God. Puritan's were the Englishmen who endeavored to live according to that light...and they wished to carry out the Reformation to its logical conclusion and purge the Anglican church of forms and ceremonies for which there was no warrant in the Bible."
The Mayflower and it's citizens arrived in America 1620.
The Puritan's arrived in 1630.
Anne Bradstreet, her husband, parents and sibling's were of the first group of Puritan's that arrived.
"They dropped anchor at Plum Cove about 30 miles from Salem, Massachusetts."
Anne was reluctant to leave England, yet she did what her husband had decided for them to do. She also wanted to be near where her parents and sibling's were.
Crossing the Atlantic took 72 days. Beer was the choice of fluids during their journey.
Anne married at age 16 and was 18 when she arrived in America. It would be a few years before she had her first child.
Anne is considered the first American Woman poetess. Most of her poetry was written during the period she lived at Ipswich.
Excerpts of her poetry is included in the book.
The book is entertaining, well-written, interesting.
I felt the author was well-tuned to his understanding of the history of Puritan's.
The book is written without prejudice, but the author does clarify mis-truths about Puritan's.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a joy to read a book and be pleasantly surprised at it's hidden jewels.
Published by Thomas Nelson 2010
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Christian Non-Fiction/Biography/Puritan America/Poetry
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D. B. Kellogg has a passion for telling people’s stories, and she is the author or co-author of several biographies, institutional histories, family histories, and the performing arts history of Nashville, Tennessee. Kellogg earned an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Oklahoma. Her more than thirty years in the publishing world include being a clerk in a bookstore, a proofreader, a copy editor, an editor, a researcher, and an author. Born and reared in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she and her husband, with three rescued terriers, live in Whites Creek, Tennessee.