RAINBOROWES: Pirates, Puritans


RAINBOROWES: Pirates, Puritans

ADRIAN TINNISWOOD    Book Number: 84357    Product format: Hardback

William Rainborowes was a powerful figure in English naval circles in the 1630s, and advisor to Charles I and the leader of a spectacular raid to free captives from a Moroccan pirate base in 1637. His elder son Thomas, Colonel Rainborowes, was well known to students of the English Civil War as a brilliant siege-commander on the Parliamentarian side, and a man of advanced political views. "I think that the poorest he that in England hath a life to live as [much as] the greatest he" is frequently quoted as a landmark in English political history. But why should a bunch of New Englanders, a merchant, a shipwright, and the son of a church elder travel 3,000 miles to fight for Thomas Rainborowes? Was the English Revolution of the 1640s nourished by radicalised Americans? This special book bridges two generations and two worlds across the Atlantic weaving together the lives of the Rainborowes clan as colonists, entrepreneurs and idealists, visionaries and pioneers, both the sons and daughters. They were ordinary men who did extraordinary things and changed the world, building new societies, encountering pirates, witches, prophets, princes, Muslims, militants and Mohican Indians. History at its very best by the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. 407pp, eight pages of illus including a very crowded St Katherines with 'an infinite number of ships on the river' in 1609 and family tree.
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