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Read My Heart By Jane Dunn

Read My Heart by Jane Dunn

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The remarkable love story of Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple, set against the turbulence and romance of 17th-century England, as told by the best-selling author of 'Elizabeth and Mary".

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Read My Heart: Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple, a Love Story in the Age of Revolution by Jane Dunn

The remarkable love story of Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple, set against the turbulence and romance of 17th-century England, as told by the best-selling author of 'Elizabeth and Mary". Theirs was the great love story of the 17th century, lived through England's age of revolutions: civil war and the killing of a king; the republican experiment and a restored monarchy; then the so called 'Glorious Revolution' when the Dutch Prince William ousted his father-in-law James II to claim the British throne. Sir William Temple (1628-99), handsome and intelligent, son of a staunch Parliamentarian, become a celebrated essayist and diplomat in Charles II's time. Captivating him from their first meeting, when he was just 20, Dorothy Osborne (1627-1696) was an intellectual romantic from a family of committed Royalists. After a long and at times desperate courtship, in which Dorothy rejected numerous other suitors (including Henry Cromwell, son of the Lord Protector), they married in 1654.Their union had been fiercely opposed by both their families, but they went on to build a passionate marriage that brought personal tragedies and public triumphs and betrayals during the huge political upheavals of the age. Their relationship was intellectually collaborative; both were gifted writers, and possessed of strikingly modern sensibilities. Seventy-seven letters written by Dorothy to William during their long clandestine courtship survive, masterpieces of wit and style, with a conversational intimacy that transports the reader to her side. Both were at the social and political centre of life: confidants of William of Orange and Mary, whose marriage they were instrumental in promoting, contemporaries of Pepys, and employers of Jonathan Swift. Drawing upon extensive research and the Temples' own extraordinary writings, Jane Dunn brings to life their remarkable story, offering a rare perspective on one of the most turbulent periods of British history. In illuminating the personal lives, politics and passions of two endearing and independent-minded people, she brilliantly captures not only the story of a marriage, but the spirit of a dawning modern age.

Read My Heart Reviews

Praise for 'Elizabeth and Mary': 'She writes with vigour and grace. This is an engaging and thoughtful new rendering of a story worth retelling.' The Spectator 'This is a supercharged family romance.' Observer 'Dunn's well-established gifts as a biographer are used here with remarkable sensitivity.' Sunday Times 'Jane Dunn has written a splendid piece of popular history with the ready-pen of a highly skilled writer, endowed with remarkable insight.' Roy Strong, Daily Mail

About Jane Dunn

Jane Dunn is the biographer of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, Mary Shelley, a groundbreaking biography of Antonia White and most recently, the bestselling 'Elizabeth and Mary'. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Bath.

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GOR011178909
9780007182206
0007182201
Read My Heart: Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple, a Love Story in the Age of Revolution by Jane Dunn
Used - Like New
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2008-04-21
416
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