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The DYERS of London, Boston, & Newport

The DYERS of London, Boston, & Newport

by Christy K Robinson


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If you've read other accounts of the Dyers that have repeated the same information over and over for 350 years, you just might be blown away by what the author has learned from primary historical sources like court records, the Dyers' handwriting, the journals of their friends and enemies, natural history events, and modern evidence unavailable to the early Quaker historians.

Mary Barrett Dyer gets all the ink when it comes to fame for the brilliant couple from London, who emigrated to Boston in 1635 and co-founded Portsmouth and Newport, Rhode Island in 1638 and 1639. Mary had the monster baby, and she was martyred for committing civil disobedience to the Massachusetts theocratic government. Her husband William was the first attorney general in America, co-founded the first democracy in America, and was a trusted member of Rhode Island's government, who made his mark in the 1663 charter of liberties which became a model for the United States Constitution 130 years later. The "Wall" of New York's Wall Street was raised because of him. William and Anne Marbury Hutchinson were mentors and intimate friends of the Dyers. The Dyers' descendants became governors and senators in New England--and a President or two can claim them as ancestors.

In this nonfiction companion book to the biographical novels "Mary Dyer Illuminated" and "Mary Dyer: For Such a Time as This," you'll learn --in short, fascinating, illustrated chapters-- the culture and events that shaped Mary and William Dyer, and the history that they shaped for us. Who were their friends and enemies? Who were their parents, and was Mary the secret child of the royal Stuart and Seymour lines? What did they eat, and how did they treat illnesses and injuries? What was their everyday life between the big events? What did they look like and how did they dress? What did they do for fun? What were the fashions in clothing, music, and literature? What was the religious belief behind the labels assigned to them by later historians? What commonly-held myths about the Dyers should be blown to smithereens?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500539467
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Christy K Robinson sold her first articles to The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette newspapers as a high school correspondent. She earned her bachelor's in communication (print media), as well as part of a master's, from La Sierra University, and has freelanced in writing and editing newsletters, magazines, brochures, book manuscripts, and websites ever since. Christy has also taught piano at her home and in private schools, and played keyboards for many churches in Arizona and California. She was employed at two universities as a PR and publications director, and was communications and editorial director at a nonprofit when she produced the book 'We Shall Be Changed,' published in 2010. During her 12 years in California, she produced more than a hundred philanthropic or alumni magazines, countless newsletters and institutional publications, display ads for international magazines, hundreds of web pages, email blasts, and wrote or edited video, radio, and TV scripts, including an award-winning video made for the National Religious Broadcasters.

In 2011, having moved back to her native Phoenix, she began researching and writing a pair of fact-based biographical novels (the events and people are real and documented, the settings and conversations are fiction), including 'Mary Dyer Illuminated' and 'Mary Dyer: For Such a Time as This' (biographical fiction); and 'The Dyers of London, Boston, & Newport' (nonfiction historical research). All three of the Dyer books centered on Mary Dyer, the Quaker woman who gave her life for separation of church and state in 1660, and whose husband influenced laws that became a model for the US Constitution's first amendment right to religious liberty. Christy's research process and timelines uncovered facts that have lain hidden for 350 years.

She may be contacted at her website,

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