Adrian Tinniswood The Rainborowes

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The Rainborowes

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The enthralling history of one English family who changed the world through the turbulent years of the Civil War and birth of the New World.
     The Rainborowes bridges two generations and two worlds, weaving together the lives of the Rainborowe clan as they struggle to forge a better life for themselves and a better future for humankind in the New World. 
     Starting with William Rainborowe, a prominent merchant-mariner and shipmaster, and his equally formidable sons and daughters between 1630 and 1660, we follow their astonishing story through the Civil War, the Putney debates, and settling in America. The Rainborowes explains America and mourns England's failed revolution. It spans oceans and ideologies and encompasses personal tragedies and triumphs, the death of kings and the birth of nations.
     Using rare printed material from the period and unpublished manuscripts from collections in Britain and America The Rainborowes recreates day-to-day life on both sides of the Atlantic during one of the most tumultuous periods in Western history. In their efforts to build a paradise on earth, the Rainborowes and their friends encounter pirates and witches, prophets and princes, Muslem militants and Mohican Indians. They build new societies. They are ordinary men and women, and they do an extraordinary thing.
     They change the world.

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ADRIAN TINNISWOOD is the author of twelve books of social and architectural history including His Invention So Fertile, his acclaimed biography of Sir Christopher Wren and The Verneys, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

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*Starred Review* A seventeenth-century preacher determined to “overturn, overturn, overturn” was sure to attract followers, none more fervent than the Rainborowes, a family whose zeal left an indelible mark on both the New England of John Winthrop and the New Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell. In recounting this clan’s ocean-spanning deeds, Tinniswood explodes the common perception that Puritans coming to colonial America were turning their backs on England. When 1640 brings an English-Scottish war, opening exciting possibilities for reforming old England, some Rainborowes join other visionaries recrossing the Atlantic to press for revolution. Emboldened by a colonial experience that has made them resistant to royal prerogatives and open to democratic experiments, the Rainborowes assume major roles in the Roundhead revolt against Charles I and his aristocratic supporters. In Tinniswood’s compelling narrative, no figure stands taller than Colonel Thomas Rainborowe, a Puritan firebrand who challenges even Cromwell in his advocacy of egalitarian government. Less prominent but more colorful, Thomas’ brother William even embraces the views of the anarchist—sometimes nudist—Ranters. Though Thomas is felled by royalist assassins and William drifts out of the public eye, readers will recognize the enduring relevance of this family’s political passions. Rare historical scholarship, radiant with singular personalities aflame with world-transforming convictions. --Bryce Christensen

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