0 thoughts on “Captors and Captives

  1. This was one of my favorites that I’ve read for my exams…in fact, I should have “grad student read” this, which basically means to power peruse it in a few hours, but I enjoyed it so much (and it is so closely aligned with my exact field of study) that I just sat down and read it normally. I had wrongly assumed that it was going to be just the story of the Deerfield raid, which frankly is what it sounds like based on the title. But it is much more than that. The book uses the raid as a jumping

  2. I think this must qualify as a definitive study of the events and context of the February 29 1704 (Julian calendar) raid on Deerfield, although I must confess it is the only complete book I’ve read on the subject so far. The authors view the event and its times (1670s to the 1760s) from every cultural and political angle, trace the origins and fates of captors and captives, the shifting alliances of European and Indian nations, and provide a marvelous window on an historical period that had been

  3. In middle school, ages ago, I read ‘The Ransom of Mercy Carter’ and to this day it is still one of my favorite books. I’m glad I was able to find a book that so thoroughly covered the history behind the Deerfield raid.

  4. Excellent narrative about the convergence of English colonialism and French and Native interests in the early 1700s through the lens of the Deerfield Raid of 1705. An interesting read for me personally because my father’s ancestors we killed and taken captive during the raid.

  5. For Hoyt family members, this is a great find! I bought it in Deerfield, where our ancestor survived the 1704 attack. Several Hoyt stories mentioned, though some differ from story handed down directly in our family.

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