The beautiful Gunning sisters (later Countess of Coventry
, and successively Duchess of Hamilton and of Argyll
) were EG
's aunts. Lady Coventry, however, had died before Elizabeth was born.
With this first novel Heyer established the elements that were to be the staple of her oeuvre: a swashbuckling hero, here an earl playing at being a highwayman (Jack Carstares, otherwise Earl of Wyncham); a...
: The Gunning sisters arrived in London from...
The Gunning sisters arrived in London from Ireland, and created a sensation with their beauty: Maria
was aged around seventeen and Elizabeth
was a year younger.
30 September 1760: Lady Coventry (formerly the beautiful Maria...
30 September 1760
(formerly the beautiful Maria Gunning) died, allegedly of the effects of white lead cosmetics.
10 March 1768: Lord Bolingbroke divorced his wife, the former...