Turn : Washington's Spies S2

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Turn : Washington's Spies S2

Post  Banjo on 2015-04-16, 16:14

Season 2 is starting out very good. I like to investigate various characters to see if they are historical.

The 'high society diva ' at the party in Philly, Peggy Shippen, seemed like she would be an historical character...sure enough;

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"Courtship and marriage to Benedict Arnold

In September 1777, the British captured Philadelphia. The Shippen family, in keeping with their political interests and stations, held social gatherings at their home. A frequent guest was John André, an officer in General William Howe's command. André paid particular attention to Peggy.[1] In June 1778, following France's entry into the war, the British withdrew from the city. André left Philadelphia with his fellow troops, but the two of them remained in contact.

By the time Philadelphia was occupied by the Continental Army under Benedict Arnold, Judge Shippen and his family had been entertaining British officers at their townhouse on Society Hill. During the earlier patriot rule, the Shippens lived temporarily on a New Jersey farm. In anticipation of the British invasion of Philadelphia in September 1777, the judge, fearing his townhouse would be used as barracks, promptly moved his family back to the city.

In late summer of 1778,[2] Shippen then met Arnold, the commandant, or Continental military commander of Philadelphia. Regardless of differences between Arnold and Judge Shippen, the general began courting Peggy. Shortly after Shippen's oldest sister, Elizabeth Shippen, became engaged to her first cousin Edward Burd (m. Dec 1778). Benedict Arnold sent Shippen's father a letter asking for her hand. Edward Shippen, however, was skeptical of Arnold due to the latter's legal problems. In 1779, the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania had brought eight formal charges against Arnold of corruption and malfeasance with the money of the federal and state governments, and Arnold who was subsequently convicted on two relatively minor counts. Despite this, Edward Shippen eventually granted permission for Arnold and Peggy to marry. On 8 April 1779, Benedict Arnold (age 38) and Peggy Shippen (age 18) were wed.

Arnold purchased Mount Pleasant, a manor home built in 1762 for Captain John Macpherson, on 22 March 1779 for his bride, and specifically deeded the property to Peggy and that of their future children.[3] The couple did not live at Mount Pleasant; instead Arnold rented it out for income property.

The couple honeymooned at family homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They returned to Philadelphia, taking up residency in Arnold's military headquarters, the Masters-Penn mansion, the former home of Richard Penn at Fifth and Market Streets and later that of General Howe during the British occupation."

The surprising thing to me is that Ksenia Solo is cast in the role, not that she doesn't do a good job. But it's a vastly different role from Kenzi that she plays as Bo's sidekick on The Lost Girl. Kenzi is the only human among a group of supernatural beings known as "Fae".  Bo herself is a "succubus" with the power to cloud men's minds with thoughts of lust merely by touching them. Without supernatural powers Kenzi must survive on her wits and courage to meet the many threats in the world of the Fae.

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Quotes:
From "Lost Girl: Original Skin ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].9)" (2011)
Dyson: And you.
Kenzi: Yes?
Dyson: You are weak, pathetic, and you need glasses.
Kenzi: oh, wow. That's... That's kind of mean.
Dyson: It's a miracle you've survived this long, Kenz. You might just be the strongest person I have ever met.

I see that she's also in Orphan Black. Will watch and see what sort of character she is....

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Post  Berry on 2016-05-01, 14:57

The Turn is back...as good as ever. Peggy Shippen is tap dancing as fast as she can to avoid being married to Benedict Arnold. And the heroine up in Long Island has the same problem with the English general (Torchwood alumni) . Don't these guys have too much time on their hands. Don't they have a war to fight?

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Post  Banjo on 2016-05-02, 11:11

I'm way behind on this. Still have last season in the DVR... Shamebag

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