The Journey to the Mayflower: God’s Outlaws and the Invention of Freedom


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2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. It’s a foundational event in American history, but it began as an English story, which pioneered the idea of religious freedom. Stephen Tomkins (Editor of Reform magazine) tells this fascinating story, one that is rarely told as an important piece of English, as well as American, history, which is full of contemporary relevance: religious violence, the threat to national security, freedom of religion and tolerance of dangerous opinions.

This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the untold story of how the Mayflower came to be launched.

‘A rattling good read’ – The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

‘A riveting story … impeccably researched history … engaging and entertaining, this book serves as reminder of the importance of upholding religious freedom in our current age.’ – Tim Farron MP