Flora Macdonald: Pretty Young Rebel: Her Life and Story


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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.62 X 9.49 X 1.2 inches | 1.44 pounds

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About the Author

FLORA FRASER is the author of The Washingtons: George and Martha; Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton; The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline; and Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III. She lives in London.


"Enthralling . . . [Fraser] 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 romanticized area of our general knowledge."--The Times (London)

"Pacily written and sympathetic . . . Fraser's own paternal heritage in the Highlands has clearly helped her to understand her subject, but, as she makes very clear, MacDonald's story did not end with her saving Bonnie Prince Charlie. How she wound up on the Hanoverian side in the American War of Independence is worthy of a novel or movie."--Spectator

"Historian Fraser explores themes of national identity and cultural mythmaking in this colorful biography . . . Affecting . . . [The book] gives due credit to the real woman at the center of a captivating legend."--Publishers Weekly

"A distinctive portrait . . . [Macdonald's] personality shines through, which helps the reader to understand her popularity and the artistic sentiment she inspired across generations."--Library Journal

"An eloquent addition to the scholarship on a much celebrated--but not fully considered--life of a beloved historical figure . . . thoughtfully rendered."--Kirkus

"A rich picture of Highland society at a time of change . . . A persuasive and always pleasing account of Flora's life."--The Scotsman

"Riveting . . . Flora Fraser shows that her namesake's life, though indelibly marked by her great Jacobite adventure, reflects and impacts on other and wider themes . . . Masterly."--Roy Foster, The Oldie

"A lively and highly readable study of the iconic Jacobite heroine."--Professor Murray Pittock, author of Culloden