They were beautiful, influential, and famous to all in their day. In 19th century America, they were the most talked-about and written-about women in the nation. Journalist Virginia Peacock rubbed shoulders with them and the people who knew them. In this lively and fascinating account of their lives, Peacock gives us the ravishing Jennie Jerome (mother to Winston Churchill) and the brilliant Kate Chase Sprague, who practically ruled Washington society during the Lincoln administration. Peacock also covers Madame Le Vert, Jesse Benton Fremont (wife of The Pathfinder), Baroness Curzon, and more.

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