Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war with a cast of real-life characters including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Walt Whitman, General Stonewall Jackson, and Emperor Napoleon III.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern town of Washington, D.C. found itself caught between warring sides. Many fascinating Southern women left the city, leaving friends to grapple with questions of safety and sanitation as the capital was transformed into an immense Union army camp. Cokie Roberts chronicles these women’s increasing independence, political empowerment, indispensable role in keeping the Union unified through the war, and in helping heal it once the fighting was done. She concludes that the war not only changed Washington, but forever changed the place of women.
The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de’ Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century.
Set in magnificent Renaissance France, this is the story of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm.