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Dorothy Osborne (1627-95) and William Temple (1628-99) began their love affair during the tumultuous years of the English Civil War. Despite steadfast familial opposition, they carried on a courtship based primarily on written correspondence for six and a half years. Dorothy's surviving letters from this period are widely celebrated for their literary and historical value, revealing a complex, insightful, and intelligent woman. The two finally married and spent over 40 years together, surviving disease, the Great Fire of London, and the Black Death and outliving all of their children. Traditionally, emphasis has been on William as a celebrated essayist and diplomat under Charles II and Dorothy as a superb example of the epistolary art and a model of female domesticity. In this highly readable and skillfully written dual biography, Dunn (fellow, Royal Society of Literature, Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens) draws on memoirs and personal letters to show that their relationship, distinctive for its time, was based on companionship, partnership, and, most important, intellectual equality. She provides a balanced if slightly romanticized look at both of their lives, as well as a close examination of the historical circumstances that surrounded them. This thoroughly researched historical narrative is recommended for both academic and public libraries.