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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
What an incredible story of an amazing woman. Elizabeth Fones, married into the Winthrop family, the leader of that being John Winthrop who took his family to New England to govern the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Elizabeth was a rare woman indeed, going on to being one of the few women of her times to be a large landholder, married three times and finally finding great...
Published on 30 Jan 2007 by Misfit

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer from book to electronic version
I have been catching up with Anya Seton's fantastic books - I read them all many years ago - and when I found this as a kindle version I decided I must have it! However, although the story is brilliant and the history of New England interesting and absorbing, it was spoilt by the fact that the electronic version has been transferred either by someone who could not see...
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!, 30 Jan 2007
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What an incredible story of an amazing woman. Elizabeth Fones, married into the Winthrop family, the leader of that being John Winthrop who took his family to New England to govern the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Elizabeth was a rare woman indeed, going on to being one of the few women of her times to be a large landholder, married three times and finally finding great happiness and love in the last one to Will Hallet.

This book has it all -- passion, madness, bigotry, ignorant superstitions and religious persecution. The author beautifully weaves her story so that you feel you are there, from terrors of sailing the Atlantic, small pox, the sights, sounds and smells of the times, everything is perfectly melded to entertain and educate you about this period. I was also sorrowed at the eventual treatment of the Native Americans, from originally friendly terms, then to end so tragically. I found out much about a period in our nation's history that I only had the briefest of recollections from those long ago history lessons in school.

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction should put this one on their list. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Sep 2007
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Mrs. M. E. Fox "Essex Girl" (London England) - See all my reviews
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This is the first book that I have read by Anya Seton and what a story it told.
Elizabeth Winthrop,whose life story this is, comes over as a strong character who you really care about.

The discription of life for the first settlers on the eastern seaboard of America really makes you appreciate how hard life was for them.
I could not put this book down and I recommend it to anyone who, not only loves a good story but enjoys history as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PURITAN LEGACY IN AMERICA..., 15 May 2007
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This is a dazzling work of historical fiction that I first read as a young adult. Now, over thirty years after first reading it, I find that time has not diminished the power and passion of this exquisitely written work of historical fiction. At the heart of this fine novel, is Elizabeth Fones, an Englishwoman who would marry her first cousin, Harry Winthrop, and would go on to lead a life of which few of us would dream.

As a member of the austerely Puritan Winthrop family, Elizabeth would chafe under its restrictive influences. When the family fortunes abated in England due to the religious beliefs of the family patriarch, John Winthrop, Elizabeth's uncle and father-in-law, the entire family sets off for the New World to become founding members of the Massachusetts Bay colony, a theocracy under which Elizabeth was to know much heartache.

A passionate and vibrant woman, Elizabeth would have a number of personal situations that would cause her to become notorious amongst the Puritan colonists. She would be both reviled and admired for her actions, which were singular for those times. This is an absorbing, page turner of a book that takes a look at sixteenth century England during the tumultuous time that preceded the civil war that would see an act of regicide and the rise of Puritan Oliver Cromwell. It also relates the turmoil that underlay the government of the nascent Massachusetts Bay colony with all its factionalism, restrictive practices, and bigotry.

The novel, set against a historical backdrop filled with well known personages of the time, both English and Dutch, lovingly chronicles and explores Elizabeth's passage in life as a member of the illustrious Winthrop family, her troubled marriages, her relationship with the Siwanot Indians, and the trials and tribulations that she underwent as a compassionate, independent woman in a time when to be such was to destine oneself to become a pariah within the larger community.

This is a historical novel that is epic in its telling, beautifully written, and one to be savored until the very last page is turned. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anya Seton has done it again, 15 Nov 2000
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Another of her books you will not be able to put down until it is finished. Anya Seton has again managed to take a seemingly insignificant character out of history and bring them to life. Elizabeth Winthrop, the neice of John Winthrop the first governor of New England, is certainly one of those characters. Set at the time of the Mayflower and Puritan England and then in the new colonies of America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PURITAN LEGACY IN AMERICA..., 3 Feb 2009
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This is a dazzling work of historical fiction that I first read as a young adult. Now, over thirty years after first reading it, I find that time has not diminished the power and passion of this exquisitely written work of historical fiction. At the heart of this fine novel, is Elizabeth Fones, an Englishwoman who would marry her first cousin, Harry Winthrop, and would go on to lead a life of which few of us would dream.

As a member of the austerely Puritan Winthrop family, Elizabeth would chafe under its restrictive influences. When the family fortunes abated in England due to the religious beliefs of the family patriarch, John Winthrop, Elizabeth's uncle and father-in-law, the entire family sets off for the New World to become founding members of the Massachusetts Bay colony, a theocracy under which Elizabeth was to know much heartache.

A passionate and vibrant woman, Elizabeth would have a number of personal situations that would cause her to become notorious amongst the Puritan colonists. She would be both reviled and admired for her actions, which were singular for those times. This is an absorbing, page turner of a book that takes a look at sixteenth century England during the tumultuous time that preceded the civil war that would see an act of regicide and the rise of Puritan Oliver Cromwell. It also relates the turmoil that underlay the government of the nascent Massachusetts Bay colony with all its factionalism, restrictive practices, and bigotry.

The novel, set against a historical backdrop filled with well known personages of the time, both English and Dutch, lovingly chronicles and explores Elizabeth's passage in life as a member of the illustrious Winthrop family, her troubled marriages, her relationship with the Siwanot Indians, and the trials and tribulations that she underwent as a compassionate, independent woman in a time when to be such was to destine oneself to become a pariah within the larger community.

This is a historical novel that is epic in its telling, beautifully written, and one to be savored until the very last page is turned. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURITAN NO MORE..., 30 Nov 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This is a dazzling work of historical fiction that I first read as a young adult. Now, over thirty years after first reading it, I find that time has not diminished the power and passion of this exquisitely written work of historical fiction. At the heart of this fine novel, is Elizabeth Fones, an Englishwoman who would marry her first cousin, Harry Winthrop, and would go on to lead a life of which few of us would dream.
As a member of the austerely Puritan Winthrop family, Elizabeth would chafe under its restrictive influences. When the family fortunes abated in England due to the religious beliefs of the family patriarch, John Winthrop, Elizabeth's uncle and father-in-law, the entire family sets off for the New World to become founding members of the Massachusetts Bay colony, a theocracy under which Elizabeth was to know much heartache.
A passionate and vibrant woman, Elizabeth would have a number of personal situations that would cause her to become notorious amongst the Puritan colonists. She would be both reviled and admired for her actions, which were singular for those times. This is an absorbing, page turner of a book that takes a look at sixteenth century England during the tumultuous time that preceded the civil war that would see an act of regicide and the rise of Puritan Oliver Cromwell. It also relates the turmoil that underlay the government of the nascent Massachusetts Bay colony with all its factionalism, restrictive practices, and bigotry.
The novel, set against a historical backdrop filled with well known personages of the time, both English and Dutch, lovingly chronicles and explores Elizabeth's passage in life as a member of the illustrious Winthrop family, her troubled marriages, her relationship with the Siwanot Indians, and the trials and tribulations that she underwent as a compassionate, independent woman in a time when to be such was to destine oneself to become a pariah within the larger community.
This is a historical novel that is epic in its telling, beautifully written, and one to be savored until the very last page is turned. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites, 2 Jan 2008
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S. M. Pickthorne (bath uk) - See all my reviews
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I read all of Anya Seton's novels when I was a teenager, in my opinion this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. I found Elizabeth a very interesting and sympathetic character - headstrong, courageous and questioning, but confined by her Puritan roots and the day-to-day hardships of life in a new colony. The time, settings (both in England and America) and charcters are beautifully portrayed - all in all, a very memorable book and one that I have read several times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a favourite of mine, 29 Aug 2010
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I'm glad to see the book is available again.

As a descendent of Elizabeth Fones through Hannah Bowne, I first read this story as a child, when my family happened to move to Ipswich, Massachusetts. The character of Elizabeth spurred my own determination to make my own way in life.

When I eventually moved to the UK in the mid 1990's, one of the first things I did was go look for the Winthrop roots. A copy of Henry VIII's charter granting Groton Manor to the Winthrops can be found in the National Archives at Kew, but sadly the manor house itself is no longer standing. The church, however, still stands and one can get a feeling of history by reading the book and visiting this part of the country.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer from book to electronic version, 3 Jun 2013
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I have been catching up with Anya Seton's fantastic books - I read them all many years ago - and when I found this as a kindle version I decided I must have it! However, although the story is brilliant and the history of New England interesting and absorbing, it was spoilt by the fact that the electronic version has been transferred either by someone who could not see properly or did not speak English! The flow of the reading was disturbed by the mis-spelt words and on many occsions I had difficulty trying to establish what the word should have been. Not good value for money when there are many good kindle books that are free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read., 25 July 2014
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A very detailed history of the Pilgrim Fathers. Told in a very enjoyable way, using the biographies of the people who settled in the new world. What intrigued me most was the fact that they had gone to extremes to escape the persecution of their countries only to persecute and hound each other for their differing views and beliefs, yet still remained a cohesive body of people strong enough to survive all the hardships and trails of taming this wild and dangerous place.
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