Sold on the idea of a Utopian society where belonging came with the price of admission, Mary Dyer set sail for New England, bringing along her indentured servant, Irene. Thirty years later, in the grips of an iron willed theocracy, Irene is free and squarely on the road to prosperity, while Mary is set on martyring herself for the cause of religious freedom. This is a story of friendship between women who helped shape the history of Boston, and from there, the United States.
How far are we willing to go for our beliefs? The conflict between the martyr's cause and the duties of the living are what characterize the friendships of the first women colonists in Boston and Rhode Island. The concept of the city on the hill is still quoted to this day and the beacon of light is still the ideal, yet what really happened in that city is what this book is about.
"Brinton's evocative writing takes us to the hamlets of New England in the seventeenth century where we feel the snow and smell the fire. My American Eden, Mary Dyer Martyr for Freedom is a must read for our modern times." Chris Peck, Editor, The Commercial Appeal