Sisters of Fortune: The First American Heiresses to Take Europe by Storm

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As gripping as the best historical novel -- an exuberant account of the American sisters who enthralled high society in the wake of Waterloo.

The Caton sisters were Southern belles descended from the first settlers in Maryland, and were expected to 'marry a Plantation'. But they were independent, fascinated by politics, clever with money, romantic in mood. Arriving In London in 1816 the three sisters forged their own destinies in the face of intense prejudice, against both Americans and Catholics. The widowed Marianne shocked the world by marrying the Wellington's wayward elder brother, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and appearing as a 'Catholic Yankee' among the Protestant Anglo-Irish. Louisa eventually became Duchess of Leeds, and a friend of Queen Victoria, while the sphere in which Bess shone was the stockmarket, as queen of speculators.

Based on intimate unpublished letters, Sisters of Fortune is a brilliant portrait of love between sisters, a most unusual story of money and power and a fascinating glimpse of how these extraordinary women influenced the social and international relations of their time.
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JEHANNE WAKE is a historian who has written about both royalty and money. Her books include a short biography of Florence Nightingale; Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Unconventional Daughter and Kleinwort Benson: the History of Two Families in Banking. She lives in London.
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"This transatlantic celebration of sisterhood is a most gripping and fascinating tale, both scholarly and a page turner."
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"A rollicking good read, told with verve and compassion."
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"Fluent and lively... the lives and times of the Caton sisters make not simply a very good story but one with louder resonances in the social and political history of the period."
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