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John Winthrop : America's forgotten founding father

Author: Francis J Bremer
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume is a biography of John Winthrop. Winthrop (1588-1649) obtained a royal charter, along with other wealthy Puritans, from King Charles I for the Massachusetts Bay Company and led a group of English Puritans to the New World in 1630. The author chronicles Winthrop's early life, showing how his first four decades in England shaped his views and actions as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Church history
History
Biographies
Named Person: John Winthrop; John Winthrop; John Winthrop; John (Kolonisator Winthrop
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francis J Bremer
ISBN: 0195149130 9780195149135
OCLC Number: 50866816
Description: xviii, 478 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Heritage --
Lavenham to London --
Reformation --
John and Adam --
Struggle --
Youth --
Turning points --
A Godly magistrate --
The Godly embattled --
The decision to migrate --
Christian charity --
Errand --
Passing through hell --
The best of them Was But an Attorney --
Relations with England --
On the Fringe --
War --
Struggling to hold the center --
New trials and disappointments --
War clouds and concerns --
Under attack --
Last years.
Responsibility: Francis J. Bremer.
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This volume is a biography of John Winthrop. Winthrop (1588-1649) obtained a royal charter, along with other wealthy Puritans, from King Charles I for the Massachusetts Bay Company and led a group of English Puritans to the New World in 1630. The author chronicles Winthrop's early life, showing how his first four decades in England shaped his views and actions as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The author focuses on Winthrop's youthful spiritual struggles, carefully recorded in a journal, including his early decision to pursue a religious vocation and his sudden, unexplained decision to give that up to marry his first wife when he was only 17. After he gained the respect of his peers as an even-handed magistrate, he was elected governor of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony, where for eight years he governed with a judicious hand, mediating in religious and political feuds, including the expulsions of Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson for their dissenting views. The author uses previously unavailable materials in the Winthrop archives to vividly recreate the religious and political reform movements in early 17th-century England.

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