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The Irish Concubine

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 López, the son of Paraguay’s president. He took her with him back to his homeland in 1855 but she was spurned by his family. Despite this she and López 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 López 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.

Author: Roger Kohn
Publication Date: 8th May 2015
Book Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-85756-836-3
Price: £9.99


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