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This is an amazing book, based on stunning amounts of research, which vividly conjures the background to the Mayflower story. The author's central point is that you need to understand Europe in the 1620s if you want to understand the origins of the USA and he proves this point superbly. My favourite passages were his detailed descriptions of the landscapes of the story's locations, and his brilliant evocation of the 1618 comet that was seen as an omen across the world.
The reader is very clear and listenable. Her only flaw is that she pronounces a lot of English place names wrongly, including Warwick, Norwich, and Southwark, which are central to the story. I was unable to stop getting angry about this, but perhaps I just need to chill out more.
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Lots of background as to how our pilgrim period got its start. Very interesting and mostly captivating portrayal of the people, the royalty, the vessels and the currencies that ignited this settling of Cape Cod.
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