The Mayflower Pilgrims: Sifting fact from fable

The Pilgrim Fathers embarking on their journey to America in 1620 (from Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of English History for the Little Ones by Charlotte M Yonge)

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The voyage of the Mayflower and the settling of New England have become iconic, a founding story for the USA. And yet Derek Wilson argues that it is a gilded myth, a historical episode seen through the distorting lens of later nationalism. 

In this book he describes the complex range of religious, political and commercial concerns that led a group of hopeful but fallible human beings to seek a new life across the ocean.

Join us to discuss this new book (described by Alison Weir as 'masterful and lively') at a landmark event. Insights from other books are also welcome.

The event is free to attend and is open to all - no booking required. If you don't have time to read the book, a summary will be available.

Email Sue Kay ( or call DDE on 01392 438811 for more information.

An initiative of Devon Development Education, Global Book Club Plymouth is supported by the University of Plymouth.

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