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Adrian Tinniswood’s The Rainborowes is the extraordinary true story of a family at a time of unimaginable change – the birth of society in America, just as England was being shaken by revolution. Idealistic merchant-mariner William Rainborowe and his children crossed the Atlantic in an attempt to forge an earthly paradise in the New World. Theirs is a story that spans worlds and oceans, encountering militants, prophets and princes on its way. Through one family, Tinniswood explores the dreams of an entire culture – confused and chaotic, catching hold of hope and losing its grip on old certainties.
Tinniswood is a distinguished architectural and social historian, as well as a fine lecturer and broadcaster. Come and hear him talk about this breathtaking work of social history, that draws on rare printed material and unpublished manuscripts to recreate a vivid sense of life in the in the seventeenth century.