The exact same can’t be stated of these African counterparts.
By December 1620, Anne Rickard was sick and tired of her life within the London parish of St James Clerkenwell. For unsaid reasons, she made a decision to do something positive about it and needed and‘entreated’ her churchwardens to create a testimonial saying her good character. Both‘esteemed and reputed’ by her community in this written document, they attested that she was a woman of ‘honest sort … honest life and conversation. A widow, was ‘minded and purposed to dwell elsewhere’ despite her local standing, Anne. She desired a fresh come from Jamestown and before she voyaged Anne introduced her suggestion towards the Virginia Company. It absolutely was her way to the newest World and a life that is new.
A current article in The Guardian by Mark Lawson likened Anne Rickard along with other English women to ‘forced brides’, a provocative contrast which could never be further through the truth. The actual ‘Jamestown brides’ are not groomed or coerced, and, when they declined to marry, physical violence wasn’t a genuine and threat that is terrifying. Alternatively, their testimony indicates that they were ready to voyage into the colony and took measures to ensure they are able to achieve this.