Great facts and investigation. Anyone who thinks the Jamestown Brides were going to the New World to find a "good life" might want to change their mind. The brides were "auctioned off" and basically sold to the highest bidder. Quite disconcerting. I suppose they were mostly happy but that question is never answered. Recommended reading for those who don't get bored quickly and can overcome the thought of young women treated like cattle.
The author of this book has clearly done the research, and puts a human face on historic Jamestowne. For this I applaud her efforts! The book is a useful addition to the existing literature. That said, the writing is regrettably poor. As a retired writer and editor, I found that the lack of organization, the frequent digressions and repetitions, and the maddening use of run-on sentences detract from the readability of this book!
I didn't find JAMESTOWN BRIDES at all stuffy. That may-be because my 9th great grandmother is one of the brides who has her own, albeit short, chapter. It gives a nice historical background ot the Virgina Compant while the fledgling colony was still a private stock corporation before it became a royal colony.
I got so excited when I read the review in several English history magazines that I sent away for it almost immediately. I learned a little bit more about my direct ancestor, but it also filled in the background of life in that period. My ancestor and my 9th great grandfather both survived the coordinated Indian attack.
I wad pleased with the book. It was well-researched and split into logical, short chapters. I still want MORE information about my family, but I'm grateful for what information I have!
Potter offers great insight into the story of the women brought to Virginia as brides. I liked how she had three chapters on individual women and provided the lists of the women's names. I enjoyed her thoughtful endnote. This monograph offers much to the historiography of early colonial America. Thanks to Edelweiss for the advance read.