Mary Rowlandson: Captured by Indians – Preserved by God

Title page of the 1173 edition, which inaccurately represents Rowlandson defending her home with a rifle.

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed (1682) by Mary Rowlandson

“I cannot but admire at the wonderfull power and goodness of God to me, in that, though I was gone from home, and met with all sorts of Indians, and those I had no knowledge of, and there being no Christian soul near me; yet not one of them offered the least imaginable miscarriage to me.”


An important piece of Early American literature, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God is a true, first-person narrative account of a 17th century Puritan woman whose village was attacked by Indians in 1676. Mary Rowlandson’s family was massacred, and she and three of her children were taken captive. Of the 37 in her household, 24 were captured and 12 killed, with only one escaping. Her two older children, ages 10 and 12, were separated from Mary and her six-year-old child, who died nine days later. Continue reading “Mary Rowlandson: Captured by Indians – Preserved by God”