Mistress Bradstreet ís story is a rich one, filled with drama and surprises, among them a passionate marriage, intellectual ferment, religious schisms, mortal illness, and Indian massacres.
This is the story of a young woman and poet of great feeling struggling to unearth a language to describe the country in which she finds herself. And it also offers a rich and complex portrait of early America, the Puritans, and their trials and values; a legacy that continues to shape our country to the present day.
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The Puritans were highly religious people who dissented from the Church of England and sought freedom of worship in the New World. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was chartered in England and included the settlements near Boston.