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Daughters of Ireland: The Rebellious Kingsborough Sisters and the Making of a Modern Nation

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They were known as the Ascendancy, the dashing aristocratic elite that controlled Irish politics and society at the end of the eighteenth century—and at their pinnacle stood Caroline and Robert King, Lord and Lady Kingsborough of Mitchelstown Castle. Heirs to ancient estates and a vast fortune, Lord and Lady Kingsborough appeared to be blessed with everything but marital love—which only made the scandal that tore through their family more shocking. In 1798, at the height of a rebellion that was setting Ireland ablaze, Robert King was tried for the murder of his wife’s cousin—a crime born of passion that proved to have extraordinary political implications. In her brilliant new book, Janet Todd unfolds the fascinating story of how this powerful Anglo-Irish family became entwined with the downfall not only of their class, but of their very way of life.

Like Amanda Foreman’s bestselling Georgiana, Daughters of Ireland brings to life the world of a glittering elite in an age of international revolution. When her daughters, Margaret and Mary, were at their most impressionable, Lady Kingsborough hired the firebrand feminist Mary Wollstonecraft to be their governess, little realizing how radically this would alter both girls’ beliefs and characters. The tall, striking Margaret went on to provide crucial support to the United Irishmen in the days leading up to the Rebellion of 1798, while soft, pleasing Mary indulged in an illicit, and all but incestuous love affair that precipitated multiple tragedies.

As the Kingsboroughs imploded, the most powerful and colorful figures of the day were swept up in their drama—the dashing aristocrat turned revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald; the liberal, cultivated Countess of Moira, a terrible snob despite her support of Irish revolutionaires; the notorious philanderer Colonel George King, whose sexual debauchery was matched only by his appalling cruelty; Britain’s cold calculating prime minister William Pitt and its mad ruler King George III.

With irresistible narrative drive and richly intimate historic detail, Daughters of Ireland an absolutely spellbinding work of history, biography, passion, and rebellion.

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Traces the lives of eighteenth-century aristocrats Margaret and Mary Kingsborough, whose value systems were significantly shaped by their feminist governess Mary Wollstonecraft, discussing how Margaret provided crucial support for the rebellion of 1798 and Mary engaged in an incestuous love affair that triggered significant political events. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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Janet Todd is the author of many books on early women writers. Her best-known recent books are the biographies Mary Wollstonecraft and The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. She lives in Glasgow and Cambridge.

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ISBN:
9780307414939
Subtitle:
The Rebellious Kingsborough Sisters and the Making of a Modern Nation
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Todd, Janet M.
Author:
Todd, Janet
Author:
Janet M. Todd
Subject:
History : Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Ireland-General
Subject:
World History-Ireland
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Europe » Ireland » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 368 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307414939 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Traces the lives of eighteenth-century aristocrats Margaret and Mary Kingsborough, whose value systems were significantly shaped by their feminist governess Mary Wollstonecraft, discussing how Margaret provided crucial support for the rebellion of 1798 and Mary engaged in an incestuous love affair that triggered significant political events. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Janet Todd is the author of many books on early women writers. Her best-known recent books are the biographies Mary Wollstonecraft and The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. She lives in Glasgow and Cambridge.

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