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Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, first published in 1682, is an English Puritan woman's account of her captivity among Native Americans during Metacom's War (1675-76) in southeastern New England. In this volume, 17 related documents support Rowlandson's text, which is reprinted from the earliest surviving edition of the narrative.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 15th 1997 by Bedford/St. Martin's (first published 1682)
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Patricia
This short historical narrative was an interesting read, both historically and spiritually. Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians in the 1600's and held captive for eleven weeks until she was ransomed. Stripped of all comforts, and losing sight of all human help, she was able to endure her captivity only through her strong faith in God. Instead of dwelling on the hardships she faced daily, she continually traced the goodness of God in keeping her safe from even further harm.

"Yet I see, when G...more
Robin
Mary Rowlandson was a European captive of Native Americans who kidnapped her and her children and held them hostage. She survived plenty of atrocities, including slavery, witnessing people's murders, and holding her son as he died in her arms. This is her testimony in book form and apparently, in Ye Olde Puritan Tymes it sold like hotcakes, because even 350 years ago, nothing sold readers on a book quite like kidnapping and torture: hence, the American captivity narrative (ah, our great American...more
Evelyn
I can't imagine living through such a nightmare. This book is the record of Mary Rowlandson's capture and captivity by some Native Americans in the year 1676. Her husband, three children and several friends and relatives from her town were also taken, though they were all separated and she only saw some of the others from time to time.

She records the daily circumstances of her captivity in a very frank manner and describes how her faith in the Lord helped her to bear up under her afflictions. He...more
Steven
The Lancaster slaughter which opens the narrative horrifies me still, as it was intended. But there's only so many times you can say, "knocked in the head," without unlidding your reader's laughbox. I tried not to smile, I really did. Alas...

The "removes" Rowlandson uses to mark the episodes of her journey signify more than wanderlust or nomadic jimmy leg. Each clash and execution, each day without food or drink, each hour away from the comfortable naivety in which Rowlandson, until her captivit...more
Tina
Two stars only for the unintentional comic value. Ah, only a Puritan could write this. You wouldn't think a 50 page piece could be that redundant, but oh, how it is. She basically talks about the food she eats and how much she loves god and how evil the Native Americans are, even though they don't treat her that badly. But there's lots of hilarious moments that are all like: THERE'S NO WAY THE INDIANS COULD SURVIVE ON THEIR OWN THIS MUST BE YOUR WILL GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH and then the best part...more
Linda
An important piece of Early American literature, this is a true, first-person narrative account of a 17th century (1682) Puritan woman whose village was attacked by Indians; her family was massacred, and she and a couple of her children were taken captive. Of the 37 in her household, 24 were captured and 12 killed, with only one escaping.

The opening scene is very dramatic and graphic -- barbaric, chaotic, and hellish. Throughout the account various epithets are used to describe the Indians: hell...more
Rosanne Lortz
One of the lovely things about seventeenth century books is that once you’ve read the title you really know what the whole book is about. The Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson is one of these explanatory titles. Mary was a colonial American woman who was seized from her home by marauding Indians and forced to travel about with the tribe for eleven weeks. Her husband, who was away from home, escaped capture, but her three children and many of her in-laws were...more
Brian
The introduction speaks of a modern battle between the religious right and the liberal heathens of the US. The original author is clearly a faithful puritan of Mid 17th century Massachusetts. All I wanted was a primary source prospective on Native American life and dietary habits in that area. While not focused on that topic this book did offer some tasty sounding tidbits.

Pg. 29 - "...a pancake, about as big [assumed to mean thick] as two fingers. It was made of parched wheat, beaten, and fryed...more
Bookend McGee
Mar 20, 2011 Bookend McGee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: atheists and puritans!
Interesting historical document.

It would read a LOT better as interesting non-fiction had it not been so peppered by the tedious and silly Puritanical interjections.

Of course, the constant God-stuff was the only way that a woman's story would have been allowed to have been published in those sexist days.

Thank God that Puritan literature is not the norm in publishing these days!
PAUL VAUGHN
A Harrowing Account

A Harrowing Account

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 preca...more
Eustachio
Interessante in teoria, noioso in pratica.
Come da titolo: il racconto della prigionia e del salvataggio di Mary Rowlandson, puritana che viene rapita dagli indiani il 10 febbraio 1676 per essere salvata solo tre mesi dopo. È diviso in venti «remove», gli spostamenti che è costretta a fare, allontanandosi sempre di più da casa.
È interessante notare la lingua dell'epoca, è interessante pensare allo stress della psiche di Mary durante il rapimento, è interessante scorgere pezzi di storia americana...more
Dwight
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A few thoughts on the book:
Mary’s faith was an obvious comfort to her throughout her captivity. To the modern reader it almost becomes a joke when any little thing can cause her to remember some scripture that applies to a particular situation, yet it is important to remember the overall circumstances in which she found herself. The reader also knows that it is a foregone conclusion that Mary will live, and her writing style can help foster that feeling....more
Laurie
Rarefied first person account of an English woman or early American colonial goodwife depending on your point of view, taken captive by Native Americans during King Philip's War. Historians of early American history often refer to Mary Rowlandson and it was time to directly make her acquaintance.

Three things strike me. First, the Puritans saw EVERYTHING through the lens of their brand of Christianity. Of course I knew this intellectually, but it really sank in as I read her account of suffering...more
Grace
This book contains various primary sources from events that occurred during Metacom's War of 1675-1676. The featured source is an account by Mary Rowlandson, a Puritan woman from New England who was captured and held prisoner for nearly three months by local Indians. Mary tells not only of the actual capture, but also of her life among the Indians. She had to suffer through the death of one child and being separated from two other children. She was often close to starving and describes some of t...more
April
The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson I found to be a breath-taking and moving account. Rowlandson illustrates the cruelty as well as the compassion of the Indians living in 1675.

For Mary Rowlandson when all hope seemed lost she still had hope in God, and through her tribulations she reflected upon her life as a Christian and found she had been lacking in proper decorum towards God. Despite having opportunities to run away, she waited for the Lord to release her from...more
Emily
Yeah......this was not an exciting read. It is very detailed, and relatively dispassionate. She discusses food a LOT (I'm sure it was a very salient concern in her captivity). Lots of scripture, though I'm intrigued by Jason's idea of her carrying her culture with her through these various removes, and using the bible and Christianity as a light in the darkness she was experiencing at the time having been captured and held in a strange culture as a slave against her will.

And it is perfectly wit...more
April Gress
Ugh. I read this for my American Literature class and it was frustrating to get through. First off, it was a dull read. The topic was interesting but the writing itself made it seem bland. How can you write about scalping someone and it come off as bland? I don't know how she managed that--but, I'm cutting her some slack since it was just a recount of actual events. Needless to say, I fell asleep about mid-way through this short piece.
Joey
If nothing else, this is an interesting historical account of early American colonial relations. While I found myself at odds with some of Rowalndson's puritan whimpering, I was captivated by her account of early English/Native tension. The fact that this was perhaps the first American bestseller speaks volumes about the strange fascination that the early colonists held for the American Indians.
Alana
I found it difficult to sympathize with Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. The death of her child was horrible, and I'm sure she went hungrier than she was used to; but, really, a few nuts and a scrap of meat every few days for 11 weeks? Her "mistress" was nasty, true, but most of the other Native Americans were far kinder than most white masters.
Mirra
While the language used in this book was hard to follow at times, being that her narrative was constantly peppered with biblical quotes (thuogh considering that she was a puritan, it makes sense), I found this memoir to be incredibly interesting. It follows her life in 1675 when she was taken captive by the native americans and what happened during her 11 weeks and five day enslavement with them. I have rarely read an account such as this and one that does not look completely negative at ones ma...more
KatieSuzanne
It's hard to give stars to someone's true account. The beginning is pretty disturbing and the rest is similar to any account of someone held in captivity. Jews, slaves, Russians...not to sound uncaring, but it's true. There's always a lot of being hungry, being pushed around, doing small favors for kindness, etc. In the end I started wondering if I was in a similar situation and had only a Bible if I'd be quoting it constantly like she was, or any book for that matter. I liked at the end her bri...more
Sentimental Surrealist
Interesting to me as a reflection on its social climate, and I find it funny how it inadvertently pokes holes in its own hypercalvinist (a form of Christianity which holds that god's set aside a few people from the beginning of time who are going to heaven while everyone else is invariably doomed because they just suck, I guess... see, this is why it's important to actually think about ideologies before committing to them), but I sure don't feel any pity for Mrs. Rowlandson, even though that see...more
Angel
Typical early captivity narrative of a pious Puritan woman who was captured for 11 weeks. We read of the slaughter of her family, the inhumane conditions she has to live in and the hunger she experienced while a captive. This is written through her eyes as a Puritan woman but was only written years after her captivity and through the prominent preacher surname Mather.

This is one of those stories that was to teach a lesson that Indians were heathens, being a faithful Puritan was the most importa...more
Gabriel Oak
*The* classic of the captivity narrative genre, and an interesting text for thinking about the beginning of the American Jeremiad. Rowlandson's narrative is equal parts gripping and disturbing.
Kyla Crowley
An interesting and not-well-known take on history through a woman's eyes. Still, it didn't have too many deep insights. You have to read in between the lines for those. It's more of a "We did this, now we're doing this, and then this happened" sort of account. If you want insight into how the Indians lived in this time, it is a better work for that than as a real Women's Studies piece. Either way, it didn't do much for me.
Taylor Moore
Aug 23, 2010 Taylor Moore rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Taylor by: English Professor
Definitely an interesting read, it gives an insight to the capture of Mary Rowlandson after an Indian band attacks her town. She tells of being cart around from time to time to different places while having to be Weetamoo's mistress. I can definitely see this as being awe-inspiring, after all, she went through what she would've considered hell with demons surrounding her. The only problem I have with this is the long time span between the events and when it was published and the sort of unemotio...more
Zoe
Basically this book was about Mary Rowlandson praising God and His wonders while lashing out against the savage Indians for capturing such a pure and pious woman such as herself. Written to show the world the horrors of being an Indian captive, Rowlandson attributes many kindness and rituals that the Indians made towards her as to be heathen and Satan-driven.
This book shows the ideology of the Puritans and the trails and struggles the Indians had with the white society that have impugned onto t...more
Brenda
Although many people rate this book low I thought it was an absolutely fantastic book. This book must be read with an open mind as the main character Mary Rowlandson can come across as a pretentious overzealous Puritan. If you are familiar with the Puritan era though you would of course know that the puritans were in great comparison to a modern day die hard Christian. They lived by the bible and never wavered on their beliefs. When Rowlandson is captured her verbose and slander seem so foul yet...more
Tisa Schuurman
A very short but interesting first-person account of an incident in early American colonial times.
Israa Salman
Narrative of Puritanism rather than captivity!
The depth must be fostered..
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Mrs. Mary White Rowlandson was a Puritan resident of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who was captured by Native Americans and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed in 1676. Her later memoir of these events became the first American best-seller, going through four editions in one year.
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“It is a solemn sight to see so many Christians lying in their blood, some here, and some there, like a company of sheep torn by wolves, all of them stripped naked by a company of hell-hounds, roaring, singing, ranting, and insulting, as if they would have torn our very hearts out; yet the Lord by His almighty power preserved a number of us from death, for there were twenty-four of us taken alive and carried captive.” 0 likes
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