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Mayflower Bastard

A Stranger Among the Pilgrims

David Lindsay

St. Martin's Griffin

While researching old records to learn details of the life of his ancestor Richard More, David Lindsay soon found himself in the position of the Sorcerer's Apprentice—wherever he looked for one item, ten more appeared. What he found illuminated not only More's own life but painted a clear and satisfying picture of the way the First Comers, Saints and Strangers alike, set off for the new land, suffered the voyage on the Mayflower, and put down their roots to thrive on our continent's northeastern shore.

Richard More was dumped on the Mayflower at the age of five in the care of strangers. From the story, Richard emerges as a man of questionable morals, much enterprise, and a good deal of old-fashioned pluck, a combination that could get him into trouble—and often did. He lived to father several children, to see, near the end of his life, a friend executed as a witch in Salem, and to be driven out of the church for unseemly behavior. Mayflower Bastard lets readers see history in a new light by turning an important episode into a personal experience.

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  • David Lindsay

  • David Lindsay has previously published several books, including The Patent Files: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Invention and Madness in the Making: The Triumphant Rise and Untimely Fall of America's Show Inventors . He has also written for New York Press, American Heritage, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal and The American Experience. In addition to being a successful historian, he is also a founding member of the music groups the Klezmatics and They Might Be Giants. David Lindsay lives in New York City
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A Stranger Among the Pilgrims

David Lindsay

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