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To Brave Every Danger: The Epic Life of Mary Bryant of Fowey
To Brave Every Danger The Epic Life of Mary Bryant of Fowey
Author: Judith Cook
ISBN-13: 9781850221265
ISBN-10: 185022126X
Publication Date: 1/1999
Pages: 256
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Publisher: Dyllansow Truran
Book Type: Paperback
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In 1786, Mary Broad, a Cornish fisherman's daughter turned highway robber was sentenced to hang for the theft of a silk hat and property worth eleven guineas. Her sentence was commuted to transport to Australia and, after a barbarous 9 month voyage during which her first child was born, Mary arrived at Botany Bay, where she married fellow convict William Bryant.

Determined to escape this harsh existence, the couple fled the penal colony in an open boat, sailing 3254 miles in 69 days to the Dutch East Indies, only to be recaptured and brought back to London chained to the ship's deck in an open cage. Imprisoned in Newgate, and again threatened with death, her cause was championed by James Boswell, who was so taken by her that he defended her at the trial, and winning her first a reprieve, then a full pardon.