Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

by Nancy Rubin Stuart


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ISBN-13: 9780807001172
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 911,026
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author specializing in women’s and social history. She has appeared on national television and NPR and has written for the New York Times, among other publications. Stuart is a board member of the Women Writing Women’s Lives Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center and executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center.

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Table of Contents

List of Internal Pictures
Part I:              DEFIANT BRIDES
Chapter 1:   “The Handsomest Woman in America”                                 
Chapter 2: “The Best and Tenderest of Friends”                                      
Chapter 3:   “The Delight, and Comfort of her Adoring General”           
Chapter 4:    “Our Sweetest Hopes Embittered by Disappointment”       
Chapter 5:   “Fortitude Under Stress”                                                       
PART  II:  TENDER WIVES           
Chapter 6:   “ As Good and innocent as an Angel”                                 
Chapter 7:   “A Momentary Pang”                                                          
Chapter 8:   “Haste Happy Time When We Shall Be No More Separate”
Chapter 9:   “Yet We Wade On”                                                               
Chapter 10:  “ My Regret at this Cruel, Dreadful Separation”                  
Chapter 11: “Illusive Bubbles”                                                   
Chapter 12: “ An Irresistible but Invisible Force”                                     
Chapter 13: “ I Do Not Suffer My Spirits to Overcome Me”                   
Chapter 14: The Brides’s Legacies                                                            

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“An ingenious means of bringing new life to the oldest story in our nation’s past: the American Revolution from the perspective of the young and clear-sighted wives of generals Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox. Tracing the parallel lives of two couples with conflicting loyalties, Nancy Rubin Stuart achieves a you-are-there verisimilitude in Defiant Brides that is rare and not to be missed.”
—Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters and Margaret Fuller
“In this lively double-biography, Nancy Rubin Stuart reveals the resilient lives of a leading patriot and a notorious Loyalist: both of them women.
Lucy Flucker Knox and Peggy Shippen Arnold deftly performed the parlor politics that helped to shape the American Revolution in surprising ways.”
—Alan Taylor, author of The Civil War of 1812
“Written with verve and compassion, Nancy Rubin Stuart’s portrait of two extraordinary marriages of the American Revolution offers a valuable and moving reminder that even in the most dramatic of public events, private passions prevailed and participants remained, first and foremost, husbands and wives.”
—Marla R. Miller, author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America
“A captivating look at two marriages, marked by bold rebellion and fierce loyalty. The wives of traitor Benedict Arnold and Revolutionary hero Henry Knox never met, and died an ocean apart, but Stuart’s story of their marriages, full of love, passion, betrayal, and disappointments, reads like a Hollywood script.”
—Betty Boyd Caroli, author of First Ladies

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Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
There must be something in the air. This is the second book that I have read in the past few weeks that is primarily focused on correspondence of the focal characters.  In a uniquely parallel perspective of two contemporaries, we follow the stories of Peggy Shippen Arnold, wife of Benedict, and Lucy Flucker Knox, wife of Henry.  Both men are familiar to everyone who is familiar with the American Revolution, although in most accounts of the time the women’s contributions to the course of history are often ignored in their entirety.   A solid grounding in research, providing a curiously parallel track of the lives of these two women allows the reader to enhance their knowledge of some key players in the Revolution, from a different perspective; bringing freshness to the male-dominated history that we are all familiar with.   I don’t know that I saw either woman as particularly defiant, perhaps in marrying beneath their established social strata, or in their determination to persevere all the challenges thrown at them in their positions of helpmate and supporter of their husband’s activities.  While there is a subtle lean on the part of the author to suggest Peggy Shipton Arnold is more deserving of recognition and a revamp of her image as wife of the most infamous traitor of the time, it did not distract from my reading. Perhaps it is so, far easier to be associated with a man and a name that is not reviled, but the relationship that was detailed between Lucy and Henry Knox was one that felt most modern and contemporary, despite the conventions of the day.    This book was an interesting read, providing volumes of information without reading like a history text: annotations are peppered throughout and give additional information, while the reproductions of portraits give face to the people featured in the book.  The deft handling of the two stories, to compare and contrast their lives serves to enhance both their stories and is an elegant introduction to their lives.  I received an eBook copy from the Publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago