Jennifer Potter – The Jamestown Brides


March 23, 2019

10 am

As part of Women’s History Month, Southwark Cathedral invites you to join them for a day of talks about women, looking at their stories, old and new.

Jennifer Potter – The Jamestown Brides: the true story of young English women traded for tobacco in early Virginia

In 1621, fifty-six Englishwomen 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 struggling new colony in Virginia. For each woman ‘sold’, company investors stood to profit from a bride price of 150lbs of best-leaf tobacco. Who were these brave young women, and what propelled them overseas into a perilous future? Drawing on her researches conducted on both sides of the Atlantic, Jennifer Potter reveals their compelling story.

The Jamestown Brides (Atlantic Books, 2018) is Jennifer Potter‘s tenth book. She has also written novels, cultural histories of flowers and gardens, a celebrated biography of the John Tradescants, and is currently one of the first Royal Literary Fund Fellows at the British Library (www.jenniferpotter.co.uk).

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