Elisa Lynch grew up in a middle-class family who fled Ireland at the time of the potato famine and settled in France. Their fortunes did not improve and she married very young but this did not last. To avoid destitution she became a courtesan, but made the mistake of falling in love with one of her patrons, Francisco Solano LÃ³pez, the son of Paraguayâ€™s president. He took her with him back to his homeland in 1855 but she was spurned by his family. Despite this she and LÃ³pez had many children but her social situation persisted even when he became president. This was a period of development for Paraguay but the political situation led to the disastrous Paraguayan War. Elisa remained a staunch supporter of LÃ³pez during this time, and was perhaps a moderating influence. This book opens up a story of political and social intrigue and the evolution of warfare, having at its centre a woman who is virtually unknown.
|Publication Date:||8th May 2015|
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