The 'New' Martha Washington: Sex Appeal

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For generations Americans have grown up with the image of an old and frumpy Martha Washington.  Like many other icons, historians are giving her a fresh new update.

"We always see Martha with a withered face in her old age. But she was quite a beautiful woman in her younger years, and Washington loved her deeply," said Edward Lengel, senior editor at the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia. "What's happening now is revisionist. But I think it's a whole lot closer to the reality of what she was."

Contrary to popular opinion, even among some historians who should know better, Martha was not fat when she married George. Yes, she liked to read the Bible, but she devoured gothic romance novels, too. She capably ran the five plantations left to her when her first husband died, bargaining with London merchants for the best tobacco prices. And unknown to most, while George was courting her she had another suitor, a Virginia planter with much greater wealth and stature. In a little-known letter, Charles Carter wrote to his brother about what a beauty she was and how he hoped to "arouse a flame in her breast."

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"...but she was quite a beautiful woman in her younger years, and Washington loved her deeply..."

The implication being Washington would not have loved her if she was not beautiful and he would not have loved the old withered frumpy version.

Amazing how a 21st century view of beauty is actually "closer" to how she originally looked!
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Historians who challenge the traditionally accepted imagery of figures such as Martha make me think of the 'grace' scene in Talladega Nights. Not saying it's wrong, but I can imagine a similar argument breaking out at some formal party.
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"In a little-known letter, Charles Carter wrote to his brother about what a beauty she was and how he hoped to “arouse a flame in her breast.”"

Simmer down now, Charles!!
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