Martyn Whittock - Mayflower Lives: The People behind the Legend
Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm
Jordans Quaker Meeting House HP9 2SN
In November 1620, 102 poorly prepared men, women and children landed at the wrong place on the wintry coast of North America. Six months later half of them were dead. Yet, despite this tragic beginning, their impact on the cultural DNA of the United States is immense. Through their lives we can explore key aspects of faith, love, cooperation, conflict, life and death on the 17th-century North American frontier; the birth of a legend and its extraordinary legacy. For these were ‘Mayflower Lives’.
Martyn Whittock graduated in Politics from Bristol University in 1980 where his degree special studies were in radical Christian politics and theology of the seventeenth century and also the development of the Soviet State.
He taught history for thirty-five years as Head of History & Director of Humanities Faculty at a number of secondary schools. During this time he also developed an interest in early medieval history (especially Anglo-Saxons and Vikings), as well as continuing his interests in radical Christian millenarianism and Soviet history.
He has acted as an historical consultant to the National Trust, the BBC and English Heritage. He is a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England, with an active interest in theology. He retired from teaching in 2016 to devote more time to writing.