Pretty Young Rebel (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Engelska
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320
Utgivningsdatum
2023-09-14
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN
9781408879856

Pretty Young Rebel

The Life of Flora Macdonald

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A SPECTATOR AND SCOTSMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 'So well researched, pacily written and sympathetic to the Auld Cause that it almost makes one a Jacobite' Andrew Roberts, Spectator Enthralling . . . Throws us straight into the fresh air, heather, rain and midges of the Hebrides, followed by the swamps and creeks of North America . . . Full of unforgettable glimpses The Times The year is 1746. The Jacobite rebellion has failed catastrophically and Scotland is reeling in the devastating aftermath of the battle of Culloden. Far to the west, on an island in the Outer Hebrides, twenty-four-year-old Flora Macdonald is woken in the dead of night by a messenger with urgent intelligence. Bonnie Prince Charlie is outside, begging for her help. With Flora's assistance, the Stuart prince is disguised as an Irish maid and smuggled to the Isle of Skye, evading government troops. Floras bravery and determination will see her immortalised in ballads and proclaimed a Scottish heroine. But her efforts also result in her capture and detention in London. Released the following year and returning to Skye, Flora goes on to marry and emigrate to North Carolina, only then to be caught up in the American Revolutionary War. In Pretty Young Rebel, award-winning biographer Flora Fraser tells the remarkable story of Flora Macdonald. It is a tale of adventure and daring, wit and charm, struggle and survival, and of a woman who showed extraordinary courage in the face of great danger.
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In this enthralling book, which throws us straight into the fresh air, heather, rain and midges of the Hebrides, followed by the swamps and creeks of North America, Fraser fleshes out what for most of us is a sketchy and romanticised area of our general knowledge . . . Full of unforgettable glimpses * The Times * Flora Frasers new biography stylishly updates MacDonalds story -- Nicholas Harris * The Mail on Sunday * Flora Macdonald has met her ideal biographer. Flora Fraser has a born grasp of the mists and tides of high feeling that swirl about her subject to this day. As in all her biographies, she conveys in scholarly fashion a spellbinding sense that rationality and romance are not remotely incompatible but may compose the heart of a life. -- Candia McWilliam Flora Fraser unpicks the whys and wherefores of what happened, the tragic outcome of their enterprise and how Flora Macdonalds gifts as a survivor and shrewd operator came again and again to the rescue of her family In the meticulous and deep-delving research for the hugely readable Pretty Young Rebel, Flora says she has built a picture of Flora Macdonald as sure of herself, uncowed by royalty, and egalitarian, a gracious, charming yet artful and grounded product of her island roots. * Press and Journal * Detailed and enjoyable This is a full and always interesting book, a rich picture of Highland society at a time of change as well as a persuasive and always pleasing account of Floras life, a social study as well as a fine telling of a well-known tale, and of the less familiar story of the Scots who chose loyalty to the Crown in America -- Allan Massie * Scotsman * [Flora Macdonalds] entire life story is interesting, as Flora Fraser shows in this thoroughly researched biography Fraser tells the story of Flora Macdonalds life very well, with sympathy, respect and understanding * Literary Review * [In] her well-researched and enthusiastic biography, Flora Fraser recounts Macdonald's life based on facts culled from published and archival sources on both sides of the Atlantic * New York Times * This is a full and always interesting book ... a fine telling of a well-known tale -- Books of the Year 2022 * Scotsman * Flora Fraser, in Pretty Young Rebel, tells the story of those days well and in some detail Fraser is keen to underline the high personal risk Flora ran throughout [Flora Macdonald] carried out her own mission with courage, daring and, as Flora Fraser reminds us, unfaltering good sense. * TLS * This new biography by Flora Fraser (who is named after her subject) intends to sift out a 'real Flora' from the spoil heap of sentimental history . . . Nothing in this book is more fascinating that what it suggests about the concept of loyalty . . . After plenty of enterprising research in Britain and in North Carolina, Fraser makes a fresh and exciting narrative * London Review of Books * Fraser's finely detailed and well-researched biography looks behind the legend to unveil a strong and determined woman -- June Sawyers * Booklist * This is one of those lives immortalized by a single decision the skilful historian Flora Fraser has produced a detailed, dynamic account of her namesakes colourful cameo role. It will hold surprises for anyone apart from those already utterly enveloped in the heathery Highland mists of this story In Ms. Frasers hands, myth becomes thrilling reality eye-opening Ms. Fraser has done a remarkable job of explaining the glamour of this fascinating figure without diminishing it -- Catherine Ostler * Wall Street Journal * A riveting read ... thrilling, while based on intensive archival research as well as local knowledge and tradition ... Fraser's closely researched book not only strips away accretions and elisions, to reconstruct an iconic moment in history. She widens out the canvas to take in the marketing of memory and the creation of factoids ... masterly * Old

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Flora Fraser is the author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma Hamilton, The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline, Princesses: The Daughters of George III, Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte and George & Martha Washington: A Revolutionary Marriage, which won the 2016 George Washington Prize. Flora was named after the Scottish heroine Flora Macdonald, whose story she tells in Pretty Young Rebel. Flora Fraser lives in London.