Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

Mary White ROWLANDSON (1637 - 1711)

This is the story of Mary Rowlandson’s capture by American Indians in 1675. It is a blunt, frightening, and detailed work with several moments of off-color humor. Mary, the wife of a minister, was captured by Natives during King Philip's War while living in a Lancaster town, most of which was decimated, and the people murdered. See through her eyes, which depict Indians as the instruments of Satan. Her accounts were a best-seller of the era, and a seminal work, being one of the first captivity narratives ever published by a woman. Without works such as hers, there would likely not be many modern works inspired by similar themes, such as The Searchers, starring John Wayne.(Summary by Matthew Scott Surprenant )

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - part 1 Matthew Scott Surprenant
Play 02 02 - part 2 Matthew Scott Surprenant
Play 03 03 - part 3 Matthew Scott Surprenant