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Mary (White) Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held ransom for 11 weeks and 5 days. After being released, she wrote A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, also known as The Sovereignty and Goodness of God. It is a work in the literary genre of captivity narratives. It is considered to be one of America's first bestsellers, four editions appearing in 1682 when it was first published.

Mary Rowlandson, née White, later Mary Talcott (c. 1637 – January 5, 1711) was a colonial American woman who was captured by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed. In 1682, six years after her ordeal, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson was published. This text is considered a seminal American work in the literary genre of captivity narratives. It went through four printings in 1682 and garnered readership both in the New England colonies and in England, leading it to be considered by some of the first American "bestseller".

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  • PDF | 54 pages
  • Mary Rowlandson(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2017)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Mary L., Bennett on September 7, 2014

    I found this book to be very interesting as I am a descendant of a person taken as a captive in 1704 who was taken to Canada. The difference between my ancestor and Mary Rowlandson is the fact that my ancestor chose to remain in Canada, married there and raised her family. This narrative gives a good idea of the treatment of some of the captives, and gives insight to the rational behind a lot of the taking of captives during this period of time. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the French and Indian Wars.

  • By Una poetisa on August 20, 2014

    This personal story of Mrs. Rowlandson's experience with Native Americans more than 400 years ago is fascinating. Her village attacked, many settlers slain, she is captured with her wounded child, and marched into the wilderness. She links her story to Biblical verses which sustained her through the ordeal. This book is great for history buffs, as well as those looking for inspirational writings. Additionally, the reader gets an immediate sense of the precarious situation of indigenous peoples, who were being pushed off their abundant hunting grounds.

  • By Carol on October 9, 2013

    I read this in two days. It's the historical account of a young mother's capture by Indians. Unlike other documented kidnappings she felt it wiser not to try and escape. The Indians viewed her as a slave and were more interested in ransoming her than hurting her. She felt she would be safer to accomodate their plans. She gives a very detailed account of her situation. It is graphic and sometimes very gruesome. But she tells the whole story. Where she was mistreated she says so, but she also recounts the acts of kindnesses that she experience. Great reading for all.

  • By Richard C. Wolfinger on May 7, 2017

    The kindle edition was excellent. This is an important account of the suffering of an English captive during the King Philips war in 17th century New England. A very compelling story and well worth reading.

  • By Marsha on January 4, 2018

    The book is a little hard to follow due to the old way of speaking but the messages are very clear. I would recommend this book to anyone who is spiritual and believes in God. Highly recommend for those that are struggling with their belief.

  • By Sarah M Bingham on October 2, 2016

    The profoundly disturbing and culturally interesting narrative should be read by everyone. I do not hold Rowlandson's religious views, nor her views of Native Americans, but I do not blame her either. I find it shameful that she is not more well known and that she seemingly did not write anything else in her lifetime. Although, I am glad she saw no more reason to for her sake.

  • By jennifer hamilton on September 5, 2015

    This book is a real eye opener. If you want to understand our ancestors and what kind of life they led in the early years of this country I highly recommend it.

  • By Suzicat on March 3, 2014

    I have always been interested with history so to find a first hand account of an experience was a joy to me.To read how Mary felt about what she was going through and her fears enabled me to relive the experience through her words. She was amazing in the way she gained strength through the scriptures to carry her forward.This has been a reading experience I shall carry with me the rest of my life. I have gained strength from the spirituality of Mart White Rowlandson.


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