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Read My Heart: A Love Story in England's Age of Revolution (edition 2008)

by Jane Dunn

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Title:Read My Heart: A Love Story in England's Age of Revolution
Authors:Jane Dunn
Info:Knopf (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 432 pages
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This biography of William Temple and Dorothy Osbourne is based primarily on their letters to one another. Theirs is a romantic story: William fell in love with Dorothy, determined that he would have no other wife, and a courtship of witty letters followed. For seven years, William resisted his family's efforts to marry him to a woman with a larger dowry and more prestige, and Dorothy managed to put off all other suitors. Finally, their families reached an agreement, and the two were married. This early section of the book is the most interesting. While there is some later discussion of their married life--lost children, travel, separations, etc.--, the remainder focuses more on William's on again/off again political career, and there seems to be a lot of repetition. Still, Dunn provides an interesting portrait of life in the days of Charles II. ( )
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The remarkable love story of Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple describes a unique intellectual and passionate partnership that survived political chaos, the plague, the Great Fire of London, and the deaths of their nine children.

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