A Measure of Light – Research Materials

A Measure of Light

Knopf Canada, 2015

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Here are the books and websites I used to research “A Measure of Light”:

Re Mary Dyer:


Manuscript biography of Mary Dyer by Johan Winsser, unpublished

Mary Dyer, Ruth Talbot Plimpton, Brandon Publishing, 1994

Mary Dyer of Rhode Island, Horatio Rogers, General Books, compiled, original pub. date various 17th c.


Re England:



A Royal Passion, The Turbulent Marriag of King Charles I of Endland and Henrietta Maria of France, Katie Whitaker, W. W. Norton and Co., 2010

England in the 17th Century, Maurice Ashley, Penguin Books, 1952

English Costume of the Seventeenth Century, Iris Brooke, A & C Black, 1934

English Society, 1580-1680, Keith Wrightson, Rutgers University Press, 1995

English Women’s Voices, 1540-1700, ed. Charlotte F. Otten, Florida International University Press, 1992

Fire from Heaven, Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century, David Underdown, Fontana Press, 1993

Forgotten Children: Parent-child Relations from 1500 to 1900, Linda A. Pollock, Cambridge University Press, 1983

In a Free Republic, Life in Cromwell’s England, Alison Plowden, Sutton Publishing, 2006

John Evelyn’s Diary, 1620-1706, ed. Philip Francis, The Folio Society, London, 1963

Stuart England, ed. Blair Worden, Phaidon Press Ltd., 1986

The English Housewife, by Gervase Markham, ed. Michael R. Best, McGill-Queen’s University Press, first publication 1615, this edition 2008

The Letters of Dorothy Osborne, J. M. Dent and Sons, 1914

The Seven Deadly Sinnes of London, Thomas Dekker 1606, ed. H. F. B. Brett-Smith, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1922

The World Turned Upside Down, Radical Ideas During the English Revolution, Christopher Hill, Peregrine Books, 1988

This War Without an Enemy, A History of the English Civil Wars, Richard Ollard, Hodder and Stoughton, 1976

Women in England, 1500-1760, A Social History, Anne Laurence, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995

 WEBSITES (selected)









Re New England and Puritans:



American Jezebel, The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, Eve LaPlante, HarperSanFrancisco, 2004

American Literature Survey, Colonial and Federal to 1800, ed. Milton R. Stern and Seymour L. Gross, The Viking Press, 1962

Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England, William Cronon, Hill and Wang, 1983

Child Life in Colonial Times, Alice Morse Earle, Dover Publications, 2009, originally pub. 1899

Documentary History of Rhode Island, Howard M. Chapin, Preston and Rounds Co, 1919

Early American Writing, ed. Giles Gunn,Penguin Books, 1994

Early Homesteads of Pomfret and Hampton, Susan J. Griggs, Susan Jewett Griggs (self-pub), 1950

Everyday Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, George Francis Dow, The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Boston, 1935

Fissures in the Rock, New England in the Seventeenth Century, Richard Archer, University Press of New England, 2001

Home Life in Colonial Days, Alice Morse Earle, Jonathan Davis Publishers, Inc., 1975, original publication 1898

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life, James Deetz, Anchor Books Doubleday, 1977

John Josselyn, Colonial Traveller, ed. Paul Lindholdt, University Press of New England, 1988, (original pub 1674)

Mayflower Bastard: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims, David Lindsay, Thomas Dunne Books, 2002

Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647, William Bradford, intro. Francis Murphy, The Modern Library, 1981

Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement, Richard Radune, Research in Time Publication, 2005

Pilgrims: New World Settlers and the Call of Home, Susan Hardman Moore, Yale University Press, 2007

Puritanism and the Wilderness, Peter N. Carroll, Columbia University Press,1969

Saints and Strangers, New England in British North America, Joseph A Conforti, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006

Puritanism in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts, David D. Hall, ed., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968

Slumps, Grunts and Snickerdoodles, Lila Perl, Clarion Books, 1975

The Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638: A Documentary History, ed., introduction and notes David D Hall, Wesleyan University Press, 1968

The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston 1630-1822, Annie Haven Thwing, Marshall Jones Company, 1920

The American Record: Images of the Nation’s Past, ed. William Graebner and Leonard Richards, Alfred A. Knopf, 1982

The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America, John C. Miller, Dell Publishing, 1966

The Healer’s Calling, Women and Medicine in Early New England, Rebecca S. Tannenbaum, Cornell University Press, 2002

The Journal of John Winthrop 1630-1649, ed. Dunn and Yeandle, Belknap Harvard, 1996

The New England Primer, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1962

The New England Puritans, ed. Sydney V. James, Harper and Row, 1968

The Penguin History of the United States of America, Hugh Brogan, Penguin Books, NY, 1985

The Puritan Dilemma, The Story of John Winthrop, Edmund S. Morgan, Little, Brown, and Co., 1958

The Puritan Family, Edmund S. Morgan, Harper and Row, 1966

The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony, James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz, Anchor Books, 2000

Women in the Making of America, H. Addington Bruce, Little Brown and Co., 1912

Women’s Life in Colonial Days, Carl Holliday, General Books P.O.D., 1st printing 1922

WEBSITES (Selected)











 Re Sinnie:

 Shetland Life Under Earl Patrick, Gordon Donaldson, Oliver and Boyd, 1958


Re Quakers:



A Call from Death to Life, Marmaduke Stephenson, 1659

Daughters of Light, Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies and Abroad, 1700-1775, Rebecca Larson, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1995

Narrative of the Martyrdom, at Boston: of William Robinson, Marmaduke Stevenson (sic), Mary Dyer, and William Leddra, in the Year 1659, Taken from Besse’s account, 1841, reprint Kessinger Publishing

New England Judged, by the Spirit of the Lord, George Bishop, General Books, original pub date 1703

Night Journeys, The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture, Carl Gerona, University of Virginia Press, 2004

Quakerism, A Study Guide on the Religious Society of Friends, Leonard S. Kenworthy, Quaker Publications, Kennett Square, 1981

Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts, Carla Gardina Pestana, Cambridge University Press, 1991

Spiritual Formation, Henri Nouwen, Harper One, 2010

The Journal of George Fox, ed. Rufus Jones, Friends United Press, 1976

The Beginnings of Quakerism, William C. Braithwaite, Macmillan and Co., 1923

The Birthplace of Quakerism, A Handbook for the 1652 Country, Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Church Army Press, 1952

The Sacred and the Profane, The Nature of Religion, Mircea Eliade, Harcourt, Brace and World, 1957

The Quakers in the American Colonies, Rufus Jones, The Norton Library, 1966

The Religious Philosophy of Quakerism, Howard H. Brinton, Pendle Hill Publications, 1973

The Quaker Reader, Selected and introduced by Jessamyn West, The Viking Press, NY, 1962

The Quakers in America, Thomas D. Hamm, Columbia University Press, 2003







The Oxford Annotated Bible, Oxford University Press, 1977

The True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes 1657, Richard Ligon, Edited by J. Edward Hutson, The Barbados National Trust, 2000