Library

The Society's library is a non-circulating library available for research on the premises.  Be sure to call ahead so that the librarian is on the premises to assist you.

Books Relating to King Philip's War are listed below.  For books relating to the Bristol-Cuba Connection, click on the Bristol-Cuba tab in the left column.

Please check back on this site where we will be listing titles of books of particular interest to those who want to learn more about Bristol's unique history.
Books Relating to King Philip's War

Metacomet, or "King Philip" as the English called the Chieftain of the Wampanoag Tribe, led his people in June of 1675 into a year-long War against the English Colonists.  His intent was to preserve his tribe's traditional way of life which was being eroded by these colonists as they built more and more towns throughout the region.  While beginning in Swansea, Massachusetts, the war, now called King Philip's War, spread throughout New England in an effort to drive the white settlers out.  It was a bloody and costly war destroying many lives on both sides of the conflict. Ultimately the Colonists "won" the War when King Philip was killed at Mount Hope (now Bristol) in August of 1676.  With this death, the Native American tribal way of life was over in Southern New England.

Books relating to Metacomet and this War which may be read while visiting the Library are:  

  • The History of Bristol, Rhode Island:  The Story of the Mount Hope Lands by Wilfred Harold Munro.  1880, Providence, RI:  J.A. & R.A. Reid Printers.  396 pages, Index. Republished by Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, 1977.  Reprinted by Heritage Books in softbound edition, 2011.  Available also for purchase at the Society.
  • The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by her own hand  1682, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England.  1930, Boston Massachusetts:  Houghton Mifflin Company.  82 pages.
  • Diary of King Philip's War 1675-1676 by Colonel Benjamin Church:  Tercentenary Edition.  1975.  Little Compton Historical Society.  Chester, Connecticut:  The Pequot Press.  226 pages.
  • Flint Lock & Tomahawk:  New England in King Philip's War by Douglas Edward Leach.  1958, New York, NY:  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  304 pages, Notes, Bibliography & Index.
  • The Last of the Great Wampanoag Indian Sachems:  A Factual Story of the Last Days of King Philip's War, 1676 by Milton A. Travers.  1963, Boston, Massachusetts:  The Christopher Publishing House.  93 pages, Glossary.
  • Ghosts from King Philip's War:  Hauntings, Mysteries, Curiosities by Edward Lodi.  2006, Middleborough, Massachusetts:  Rockville Publishing.  153 pages.
  • Mayflower:  A Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick.  2006, Viking Penguin Group, USA.  461 pages, Notes, Bibliography & Index.
  • Passionate Hobby:  Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer and the King Philip Museum edited by Shepard King, III.  1994, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University.  191 pages.
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