Book Discussion and Signing
Madison Library, Chick Room
September 14 ~ 7:00 PM
LOCAL AUTHOR, OLGA MORRILL PRESENTS
Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies
Local author, Olga R. Morrill, will present her historical novel, Vagabond Quakers, which is set in Dover, Massachusetts in 1662.
Quakers refrain from violence, but this new historical adventure proves they bear it with courage and passion, when it is brought against them. The heroines of Olga R. Morrill’s new historical saga bravely face brutal discrimination and horrific punishments simply for being missionaries for the Society of Friends in Puritan New England.
In 1662 missionaries Mary Tomkins and Alice Ambrose leave England for Dover, Massachusetts. They are missionaries for the Society of Friends, a religion that is shunned and persecuted, particularly in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Quakers have been hanged in Boston—indeed, the women’s friend and mentor Mary Dyer was one of those executed for her beliefs.
The two young Friends are barely on American soil before they are confronted by Dover’s Puritan minister, John Reyner. The humiliated clergyman arranges their arrest, and the women are brought before the magistrate Richard Walderne.
The destinies of Mary, Alice, and Richard entwine in this complex look at faith and brutality in early Colonial American history.