Brown Bag Lunch: "Martyrs' Mirror"
How did the New England Puritans think about themselves? Today many people remember them for intolerance -- for witch-burning and bloody conflicts with Native Americans. Yet, as Adrian Weimer argues in her important new book, Martyrs' Mirror, the Puritans actually believed they were a beleaguered minority. They traced their identity to the persecution and suffering endured under Mary Queen of Scots, and saw themselves as martyrs following a painful path to godliness.
Weimer's research helps explain Puritan attitudes toward Quakers, Baptists, and especially Native Americans, and it opens up a whole new round of conversation about this endlessly fascinating time in American history. Please join us for lunch, a brief presentation, and an open discussion with the author.
Adrian Weimer is assistant professor of history at Providence College.
Wednesday, May 9th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join us for lunch at noon.
Program begins promptly at 12:15.