The General Knox Museum will host a presentation and book signing by author Nancy Stuart Rubin on her recently released volume, “Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married” Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Oval Room at Montpelier, Route 131 at the turn to St. George. Admission is $15, $10 for museum members; and $8 for students. All are invited to attend.

“Defiant Brides” tells the story of two wealthy Revolutionary-era teenagers who defied their parents and married political radicals. The first, voluptuous Boston brunette Lucy Flucker, wed poor bookbinder Henry Knox; the second, beautiful blonde Philadelphia belle Peggy Shippen, wed military hero Benedict Arnold. One bride became a patriot — the other, a spy. Despite the fact that the two women never met, there are plenty of historical, cultural and social ties that bind them together.

This program is made possible with funding from Maine Humanities Council. Seating for the event is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 354-8062 or e-mailing

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or