Thus began Mary Rowlandson's account of her arduous journey as a servant to her captors, the Narragansett Indians. The most celebrated such document in American history, her record of the three months she spent in captivity tells of hardship and suffering, but also includes invaluable observations on Native American life and customs. The text is notable, as well, for conveying an understanding of her captors as individuals who not only suffered and faced difficult decisions but were also, at times, sympathetic humans (one of her abductors gave her a Bible taken during an earlier raid).
An immediate bestseller when first published in 1682, Rowlandson's narrative is widely regarded today as a classic--the first in a series of "captivity narratives" in which women, seized by Indians, survived against overwhelming odds. Of special interest to historians and students of Native American culture, Rowlandson's astounding account — accompanied by three other famous narratives of captivity — will also thrill the most avid of adventure enthusiasts.
In 1682, Rowlandson wrote a book on her experiences while she was being held captive. The book is one of the earliest and most famous works in the genre of captivity narratives.
In February of 1675 Narragansett Indians lay siege to Mary Rowlandson's village. Most were killed. "The bullets flying thick, one went through my side, and the same through the bowels of my dear child in my arms." This marvelous reading of her account, descriptive and mindful of the will of God, is a very powerful audiobook.
Mary White was born in about 1637 in England. Her Puritan parents emigrated to Massachusetts in 1639. She married Joseph Rowlandson, the pastor of Lancaster, in the 1650s. Metcom's (King Philip's) War erupted in 1675 as Wampanoag, Narragansett and Nipmuck Indians rebelled against European expansion and forced conversion to Christianity. As a hostage Mary became the most important British political prisoner and she was the first to be ransomed.