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March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Jamestown Brides – The Bartered Wives of the New World

    Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potter and cover


    Shenfield Library, Hutton Road
    Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8NJ
    £5 concessions (27 years and under)

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    Mercury Theatre
    01206 573948

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    This is the extraordinary story of the British women who made the perilous journey to Jamestown, Virginia, to become wives for tobacco planters in the New Colony. Based on original research, respected historian and author, Jennifer Potter reveals the lives of the Jamestown brides as never before.

    The Jamestown Brides book cover


    The Jamestown Brides

    In 1621, fifty-six English women crossed the Atlantic in response to the Virginia Company of London’s call for maids ‘young and uncorrupt’ to make wives for the planters of its new colony in Virginia.While the women travelled of their own accord, the company was in effect selling them at a profit for a bride price of 150 lbs of tobacco for each woman sold. The rewards would flow to investors in the near- bankrupt company. But what did the women want from the enterprise? Why did they agree to make the perilous crossing to a wild and dangerous land, where six out of seven European settlers died within their first few years? And what happened to them in the end?

    “Compelling… A real pleasure to read.” – BBC History Magazine


    Photo of Jennifer Potter © Sam Churchill



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    Hutton Road
    Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8NJ
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