The Captain and Thomasine
eBook (PDF), 290 Pages
Grew up a girl, became a soldier, dressed as a woman,defended herself in stunning Jamestown court case. Cross-dressing was not all that uncommon in the 17th Century, not among the English and not among the Native Americans of Virginia. But the Thomas/Thomasine Hall case of 1629 was not about cross-dressing as we think of it today. It was about choice-dressing – it was about America’s first known intersexual, her struggle for identity in a male-female world and her choice to dress as a woman despite efforts of settlers in Jamestown to force her to dress as a man. Thomasine Hall testified during a March 25, 1629, session of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia that she was christened as a girl in Newcastle upon Tyne, named Thomasine and was raised as a girl. She considered herself a girl in childhood and a woman in adulthood. It was her wish to be called a woman, to be called Thomasine, which was her birth name.
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Jun 20, 2011Stephaun Paul says: The Captain and Thomasine is a love letter to our collective past. Jamestown, Virginia, 1629: the historical Captain Nathaniel Basse, ancient planter, nation builder, steps onto the page with flesh on his bones and takes his place among the giants of industry and nation who would pioneer and father forth the indomitable spirit of one of the greatest nations in the history of mankind. From one such heart and mind comes a work of quiet strength and tenderness. Don Floyd has raised our forefather from the grave and allowed him to walk among us once more. We meet a man comfortable in his own skin; a man who wears his dignity like an old coat; a man at the end of his life who has earned the love and respect of his family and peers by his courage and compassion. He is a man who has matured into his stature by the development of a judicious mind and a spirit of tolerance for all God’s creatures. In The Captain and Thomasine we see a man built by a nation--an Englishman... More > come home to die as an American. We meet his son, John, who will go home to America to continue what was started by his father and a handful of people who conquered death and fear to give him an inheritance far greater than lands and money. John is possessed of a balanced nature imparted to him by an engaged and loving father. We’re introduced to Nathaniel’s famous uncle, the poet, William Basse, an Englishman of solid spirit and humor. In three generations of Basse men, we begin to experience the continuity that would become our own history, and we meet the historical, Jamestown hermaphrodite, Thomasine, who has traveled to England to give back to her mentor and savior the lovingkindness he once gave to her. Don Floyd has borrowed heavily from history and the family mythology to build a work of fluidity that is hard to put down, and for that reason, is a quick read. In his own words, “It is a book about intersexuality, compassion, loyalty, love, spirituality, forgiveness and the triumph of beauty.” The obvious love with which Don has handled his subject projects onto Nathaniel Basse a goodness which leaves a defined impression of the author’s own goodness. A work of fiction based on historical fact relies heavily on legend and imagination. In the end, Mr. Floyd is careful to separate fact from fiction and gives us a judicious work worthy of its subject and free from didacticism. The story smolders, still, in the crucible of history releasing to us the spirit of our fathers and revealing to us our own. Nathaniel Basse is one of a handful who gave us our heritage, and we are all his children whether by blood or destiny. The Captain and Thomasine makes us proud of that history. Margot Woodrough says this: This is historical fiction with a heart. When Jamestown was being settled two unlikely characters crossed paths. Nathaniel Basse was from a wealthy London family. While serving in the early government of Jamestown he presided at the trial of Thomasine Hall. Both figures appear in historical records. Don Floyd has used them to write a story of compassion, love and tolerance. Don is a meticulous researcher with a desire to paint an accurate picture of Jamestown and London in the mid 17th century. In addition there are some interesting historical postscripts at the end. I highly recommend this delightful book.< Less
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- November 4, 2011
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