Sword of the Wilderness is a two-part series about the colonization of New England, from the origins of the Puritan movement in the late 16th century through the devastation of King Philip’s War in 1675-76.
Forty years after the Pequot War, a new conflict threatens to tear New England apart. Decades of uneasy coexistence between Puritan colonists and native Algonquians are about to come to a bloody end. King Philip’s War will become one of the most destructive wars in American history, a total war shaped by religious ideology and cultural differences. From its beginnings in 1675 through the present, it will be a “report written in blood,” each generation searching for a deeper meaning in the destruction. This is the story of a complex, transformative, and nearly forgotten war – and of its long shadows.
Inward Empire theme by Stephen Spencer.
Francis Jennings, The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1975.
Douglas Leach, Flintlock and Tomahawk: New England in King Philip’s War. Hyannis, MA: Parnassus Imprints, 1995.
Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1999.
Patrick Malone, The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 2000.
Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
Eric Schultz and Michael Tougias, King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 1999.
Richard Slotkin, Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the Frontier, 1600-1860. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1973.
American Colonies: The Settling of North America. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.
Alden Vaughan, New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians, 1600-1675 (Third Edition). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.
William Barriff, Military Discipline, or the Young Artillery-Man. London: Thomas Harper, 1635.
Benjamin Church, Entertaining Passages Relating to King Philip’s War. Boston, MA: B. Green, 1716.
John Easton, A Relation of the Indian War by Mr. Easton of Rhode-Island, in Narratives of the Indian Wars, ed. Charles Lincoln. New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1913.
Increase Mather, A Brief History of the Warr with the Indians in New-England. Boston, MA: John Foster, 1676.
Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Cambridge, MA: Samuel Green, 1682.