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Lady of the Butterflies

(2009)
(Rebel Heiress)
A novel by

 
 
On the ancient marshlands of Somerset - a place of mists and magic - a girl grows up in the shadow of the English Civil War, knowing that one day she will inherit the rich estate which belonged to her late mother. Her father, a stern but loving Puritan, once a distinguished soldier in Cromwell's army, fears for his daughter in the poisonous aftermath of the war, and for her vulnerability as an heiress. But above all he fears and misunderstands her scientific passion for butterflies. The girl is Eleanor Glanville, destined to become one of the most famous entomologists in history, bequeathing her name to the rare butterfly which she discovered, the Glanville Fritillary. But not before she had endured a life of quite extraordinary vicissitude. Two marriages and an all-consuming love, which proved her undoing, a deep friendship with one of the great scientists of the day and finally, a trial for lunacy (on the grounds that no sane person would pursue butterflies). The dramatic events of her life are played out against the violent events of the Monmouth Rebellion and the vicious controversy over whether or not to drain the Somerset marshes (what is now the M5 motorway runs across Kings Sedgemoor Drain - one of the first great ditches which reclaimed the land for farming and destroyed this precious natural habitat).

Genre: Historical

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"Fiona Mountain is a major new talent in the field of historical fiction." - Alison Weir


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January 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-4104-3317-X / 978-1-4104-3317-6 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 0-399-15636-4 / 978-0-399-15636-6 (USA edition)
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2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-84809-163-X / 978-1-84809-163-4 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Lady of the Butterflies
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-84809-529-5 / 978-1-84809-529-8 (UK edition)
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 0-425-24117-3 / 978-0-425-24117-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rebel Heiress
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-84809-165-6 / 978-1-84809-165-8 (UK edition)
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-84809-164-8 / 978-1-84809-164-1 (UK edition)
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies Signed Edition
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-84841-528-1 / 978-1-84841-528-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House
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July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lady of the Butterflies
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July 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Lady of the Butterflies
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July 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lady of the Butterflies
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July 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-4001-1752-6 / 978-1-4001-1752-9 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-4001-4752-2 / 978-1-4001-4752-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
ISBN: 1-4001-6752-3 / 978-1-4001-6752-4 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies: A Novel
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November 2009 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
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ISBN: 0-7531-4963-X / 978-0-7531-4963-8 (UK edition)
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November 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
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ISBN: 0-7531-4964-8 / 978-0-7531-4964-5 (UK edition)
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November 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
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ISBN: 0-7531-4965-6 / 978-0-7531-4965-2 (UK edition)
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August 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rebel Heiress: the classic novel first published as LADY OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Author(s): Fiona Mountain
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July 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Lady of the Butterflies
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Publisher: Berkley
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