By Nancy Rubin Stuart
The tale of 2 Revolutionary–era youngsters who defy their Loyalist households to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are perpetually changed
When Peggy Shippen, the prestigious blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American army hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she expected a lifetime of repute and fortune, yet monetary money owed and political intrigues caused her to conspire together with her treasonous husband opposed to George Washington and the yank Revolution. even with her commendable efforts to rehabilitate her husband’s identify, Peggy Shippen is still remembered as a traitor bride.
Peggy’s patriotic counterpart was once Lucy Flucker, the lively and voluptuous brunette, who in 1774 defied her filthy rich Tory mom and dad by way of marrying a terrible Boston bookbinder easily for romance. while her husband, Henry Knox, later grew to become a well-known normal within the American progressive warfare, Lucy faithfully him via Washington’s military camps the place she birthed and misplaced infants, befriended Martha Washington, was once praised for her social abilities, and secured her legacy as an in demand patriot spouse.
And but, as esteemed biographer Nancy Rubin Stuart finds, a better examine the lives of either lively ladies finds that neither was once easily a “traitor” or “patriot.” In Defiant Brides, the 1st twin biography of either Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox, Stuart has crafted a wealthy portrait of 2 rebellious girls who defied expectancies and struggled—publicly and privately—in a risky political second in early America.
Drawing from never-before-published correspondence, Stuart strains the evolution of those girls from passionate teenage brides to mature matrons, bringing either ladies from the sidelines of historical past to its important middle. Readers can be enthralled by means of Stuart’s dramatic account of the epic lives of those defiant brides, which start with romance, are advanced through politics, and contain spies, disappointments, heroic deeds, tragedies, and private triumphs.
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