Of missionaries, Siam and King Mongkut

Feb 20, 2014

Waldoboro — Author Don Lord will discuss his historical novel “The Gentle Revolutionaries” Saturday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220. The presentation is free and all are invited.

This book is about two 19th-century American missionaries, Dan and Emelie Bradley, both products of New York’s so-called Burned-Over District. Together, they introduced Thailand (then mistakenly called Siam) to modern medicine and western culture. They had significant impact upon the social and intellectual life of Thai officials, including that of the brilliant priest, later King Mongkut.

King Mongkut is remembered in the West as the character played by Yul Brynner in “The King and I.” In his presentation, Lord would like to correct the Hollywood impression of Mongkut, who was the most progressive of 19th-century oriental kings. Lord’s presentation also will focus on the real-life Bradleys; their sojourn in Thailand, which was known as The Bradley Era; and 19th-century evangelicals, who were liberal in religious and social policies, especially female equality.

Lord is a retired professor with other published works including “John Kennedy: the politics of confrontation and conciliation” and “Dubya: the toxic Texan.” For more information, visit waldoborolibrary.org or call 832-4484.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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