“The Separatists, envying the prosperity and hope of [Merrymount]…conspired together against mine Host…accounting of him as of a great Monster.”
Hydra prognosticks ruin to our state | And that our Kingdom will grow desolate; | But if one head thence be taken away | The Body and the members will decay.
Morton tells the Puritans “that they would [in due time] repent those malicious practices, and so would he too; for he was a Separatist amongst the Separatists.”
Native Americans lived happier and freer, “being void of care, which torments…so many Christians: They are not delighted in baubles, but in useful things.”
We shift from gold-hungry Virginia to pious Puritan New England, exploring the role of religious conflict in early colonial life.
An interview Peter Linebaugh, Ph.D on his latest book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day.