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Review 'Amid the many books being rushed out to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising, Arrington has written a volume of lasting significance, highlighting the complexity of a figure who continues to fascinate.'--James Morgan, Times Literary Supplement'[A] fascinating account of a European couple immersed in art, politics and engaging book. . . . It not only paints a vivid picture of the diverse public lives of its radical subjects, but also explores the private turmoil of familial relationships.'--June Purvis, Times Higher Education'[A] beguiling and thoughtful book.'--Roy Foster, Irish Times Read more From the Back Cover 'Lauren Arrington's compelling double biography of Constance and Casimir Markievicz is the first book to do full justice to the epic lives of its subjects, European cosmopolitans engaged in art, politics, and revolution. The book's research brings to light such fascinating details as the affectionate, gossipy letters between Constance and her sister Eva Gore-Booth, Casimir's frequent requests for money from his brother-in-law Sir Josslyn, and bitter expressions of neglect by the couple's children, Stanislaus and Maeve. Superb in its mastery of national and personal histories, Revolutionary Lives is required reading for anyone interested in Polish, Irish, or women's studies; it is a requirement that is also a pleasure.'--Lucy McDiarmid, author of At Home in the Revolution: What Women Said and Did in 1916'Timely, well researched, and original, Revolutionary Lives contributes much that is new by connecting the life and work of iconic Irish revolutionary Constance Markievicz to that of her husband Casimir--a more obscure figure but not the simple foil that has sometimes been portrayed. This is a book that needed to be written.'--R. F. Foster, University of Oxford'There have been a number of biographies about Constance and Casimir Markievicz, but Revolutionary Lives is the first dual biography and marks a valuable addition to the literature. Providing a proper account of Casimir Markievicz's life, the book challenges some of the simplistic views that are currently held. This is a complicated period in history and these are complex lives, but Arrington guides her material with authority.'--Maria Luddy, University of Warwick Read more See all Editorial Reviews