THIRTEEN YEARS BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER, five Native Americans are kidnapped and taken to England. One of them, Skidwarres, spends two years learning all things English. His tutor, Richard, a young Oxford educated gentleman, sails back with him to the New World, along with 140 English soldiers, craftsmen, and adventurers. At the mouth of the Kennebec River, in what is now Maine, they erect the first English settlement north of Jamestown.
Little is known and much is speculated about this earliest of colonial footprints. In Dick Seymour’s first novel, historical fact is woven with adventure and romance. Why did the colonist abandon their fort? Did the native Mawooshen welcome the English? What of Sir John Popham’s death and missing body? How do the Popham colonists survive a devastatingly cold winter? If the first Thanksgiving began in Maine, might it have been raucous? How does the friendship between Skidwarres and Richard fair, given they represent cultures that must inevitably clash? Does Richard’s hurried engagement to Margaret survive the temptations he faces in the New World?
Beyond explores English and Mawooshen’s proclivities at the dawn of colonization. The story includes the vicissitudes of matters military, political, commercial, cultural, and sexual.
End notes provide the reader a means for differentiating fact from fancy.
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ABOUT R. DEVILLERS SEYMOUR
For over twenty-five years DICK SEYMOUR has practiced clinical psychology in Maine and has been a professor at Cambridge College. Formerly he wrote and produced for television. His Genetic Fix earned him an award at the American Film Festival. Prior to that, he taught high school in Philadelphia and North Haven, Maine.
Dick received a BA from Denison University, an MA from Columbia University Teachers College and his doctorate from Harvard University.
Since childhood he has summered on MacMahan Island at the mouth of the Sheepscot River. He lives with his wife, Rosi Armstrong, in Brunswick. His children, Heather and Cameron; two grandchildren, Ella and Robbie; and step-daughter, Lindsey, live nearby. Their Border Collie, Bet, is always underfoot.
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