Aspects of Aristocracy

Aspects of Aristocracy
Author: David Cannadine,Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research David Cannadine
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 321
Release: 1994-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300059816
ISBN 13: 0300059817
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aspects of Aristocracy Book Review:

He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozens-Hardys, a Norfolk family who played a remarkably varied part in the life of their county, and offers a controversial reappraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West - a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage.

The Last American Aristocrat

The Last American Aristocrat
Author: David S. Brown
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-11-24
ISBN 10: 1982128259
ISBN 13: 9781982128258
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last American Aristocrat Book Review:

A revelatory biography of literary icon Henry Adams—one of America’s most prominent writers and intellectuals of his era, who witnessed and contributed to America’s dramatic transition from “colonial” to “modern.” Henry Adams is perhaps the most eclectic, accomplished, and important American writer of his time. His autobiography and modern classic The Education of Henry Adams was widely considered one of the best English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century. The last member of his distinguished family—after great-grandfather John Adams, and grandfather John Quincy Adams—to gain national attention, he is remembered today as an historian, a political commentator, and a memoirist. Now, historian David Brown sheds light on the brilliant yet under-celebrated life of this major American intellectual. Adams not only lived through the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution but he met Abraham Lincoln, bowed before Queen Victoria, and counted powerful figures, including Secretary of State John Hay, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, and President Theodore Roosevelt as friends and neighbors. His observations of these men and their policies in his private letters provide a penetrating assessment of Gilded Age America on the cusp of the modern era. The Last American Aristocrat details Adams’s relationships with his wife (Marian “Clover” Hooper) and, following her suicide, Elizabeth Cameron, the young wife of a senator and part of the famous Sherman clan from Ohio. Henry Adams’s letters—thousands of them—demonstrate his struggles with depression, familial expectations, and reconciling with his unwanted widower’s existence. Presenting intimate and insightful details of a fascinating and unusual American life and a new window on nineteenth century US history, The Last American Aristocrat shows us a more “modern” and “human” Henry Adams than ever before.

The Purchase of Paradise

The Purchase of Paradise
Author: Joel T. Rosenthal
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2019-06-26
ISBN 10: 0429553099
ISBN 13: 9780429553097
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Purchase of Paradise Book Review:

Originally published in 1972, The Purchase of Paradise is an account of medieval philanthropy and looks at the late medieval aristocracy as a social, rather than political group. The book analyses their voluntary behaviour, their gift giving and the Church, and addresses the nature of charity in the Middle Ages, providing an insight into the noble families of the time. The book depicts charitable practices within the family, such as the buying of prayers for relatives, and the family traditions of support for favoured houses lasting through several generations. The book shows that the family was the most operative unit for most forms of benefaction and ecclesiastical contact, and that the hard necessities of baronial politics were often ignored when men turned their thoughts to philanthropy and prayers for their immortal souls. The book will of value to historians and sociologists alike, as well as those working in the field of anthropology.

Aristocrats

Aristocrats
Author: Lawrence James
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2010-07-06
ISBN 10: 9781429982788
ISBN 13: 1429982780
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aristocrats Book Review:

Aristocracy means "rule by the best." For nine hundred years, the British aristocracy considered itself ideally qualified to rule others, make laws, and guide the nation. Its virtues lay in its collective wisdom, its attachment to chivalric codes, and its sense of public duty. It evolved from a medieval warrior caste into a self-assured and sophisticated elite, which made itself the champion of popular liberty: It forced King John to sign the Magna Carta and later used its power and wealth to depose a succession of tyrannical kings from Richard II to James II. Britain's liberties and constitution were the result of aristocratic bloody-mindedness and courage. Aristocrats traces the history of this remarkable supremacy. It is a story of civil wars, conquests, intrigue, chicanery, and extremes of selflessness and greed. The aristocracy survived and, in the age of the great house and the Grand Tour, governed the first industrial nation while a knot of noblemen ruled its growing empire. Under pressure from below, this political power was slowly relinquished and then shared. Yet democratic Britain retained its aristocracy: Churchill, himself the grandson of a duke, presided over a wartime cabinet that contained six hereditary peers. Lawrence James illuminates the culture of this singular caste, shows how its infatuation with classical art has forged England's heritage, how its love of sport has shaped the nation's pastimes and values, and how its scandals have entertained its public. Impeccably researched, balanced, and brilliantly told, Aristocrats is an enthralling story of survival, a stunning history of wealth, power, and influence.

House of Trelawney

House of Trelawney
Author: Hannah Rothschild
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0525654917
ISBN 13: 9780525654919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

House of Trelawney Book Review:

"For more than 700 years, the vast, rambling Trelawney Castle in Cornwall--turrets, follies, a room for every day of the year, four miles of corridors and 500,000 acres--was the magnificent and grand "three dimensional calling card" of the Earls of Trelawney. By 2008, it is in a complete state of ruin due to the dulled ambition and the financial ineptitude of the twenty-four earls, two world wars, the Wall Street crash, and inheritance taxes. Still: the heir to all of it, Kitto, his wife Jane, their three children, their dog, Kitto's ancient parents, and his aunt Tuffy Scott, an entomologist who studies fleas, all manage to live there and keep it going. Three women dominate the story: Jane; Kitto's sister, the spinster, Blaze, who left Trelawney and made a killing in finance in London, and the wildly beautiful, seductive, and long-ago banished Anastasia whose 19 year old daughter, Ayesha-- a complete replica of her mother--arrives unannounced at Trelawney. When Ayesha marries very well and buys the house to avenge her mother's memory, she makes Blaze's plan to save Trelawney completely unnecessary. But both Blaze and Jane are about to discover that the house itself is really only a very small part of what keeps the family together"--

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy
Author: David Cannadine
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 813
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9780141023137
ISBN 13: 0141023139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy Book Review:

At the outset of the 1870s, the British aristocracy could rightly consider themselves the most fortunate people on earth: they held the lion's share of land, wealth and power in the world's greatest empire. By the end of the 1930s they had lost not only a generation of sons in the First World War, but also much of their prosperity, prestige and political significance.David Cannadine shows how this shift came about and how it was reinforced in the aftermath of the Second World War. Lucidly written and sparkling with wit, The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy is a landmark study that dramatically changes our understanding of British social history

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publsiher: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-07-01
ISBN 10: 9390287154
ISBN 13: 9789390287154
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Gatsby Book Review:

“The finest work of fiction by any American writer... No American novel comes closer than Gatsby to surpassing literary artistry, and none tells us more about ourselves” THE WASHINGTON POST “A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story that's both boisterous and tragic” THE NEW YORK TIMES “Fantastic proof that chivalry, of a sort, is not dead” LIFE MAGAZINE It's the Roaring Twenties, and New York City is the place to be. Everything can be purchased, everyone can be bought. But, can you make money erase your past? It's the Roaring Twenties, and it is the time of over-indulgence. As far as the eyes can see and the mind can perceive, there are ostentatious displays of wealth and even more lavish displays of decadency. Unapologetic decadency. But, does it ever stop? It's the Roaring Twenties, and the great American Dream has been perverted. It no longer stands for anything profound that resonates with people. But, does the Idealism even attempt to stop the Materialism? As more and more people lose themselves to the lure of money, ironically the only person who remains unaffected is Jay Gatsby, the enigmatic host of the most extravagant parties… In this definitive tale on American culture, Fitzgerald pits a chaste dream against the corrupting influences of wealth and comes up with an epic story that can only be defined as ‘A Great American novel’.

Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House
Author: Mark Girouard
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 1978-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300058703
ISBN 13: 0300058705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life in the English Country House Book Review:

Based on the author's Slade lectures given at Oxford University in 1975-76.

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House
Author: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-11-12
ISBN 10: 1476730342
ISBN 13: 9781476730349
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House Book Review:

A nostalgic culinary pilgrimage, rediscovering the sort of classic, robust, wholesome food that would have emerged from the kitchen of an Edwardian country house like Downton Abbey. In this sumptuous cookbook, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall takes us on a nostalgic culinary pilgrimage, rediscovering classic recipes from the Edwardian kitchen. With delicious dishes, adapted with today’s kitchen in mind and delightfully informed by reminiscences from Jane’s childhood, this is much more than a cookbook - it offers a slice of gastronomic history, reviving the flavours from the great English country houses.

Former People

Former People
Author: Douglas Smith
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2012-10-02
ISBN 10: 1466827750
ISBN 13: 9781466827752
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Former People Book Review:

Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin's Russia. Filled with chilling tales of looted palaces and burning estates, of desperate flights in the night from marauding peasants and Red Army soldiers, of imprisonment, exile, and execution, it is the story of how a centuries'-old elite, famous for its glittering wealth, its service to the Tsar and Empire, and its promotion of the arts and culture, was dispossessed and destroyed along with the rest of old Russia. Yet Former People is also a story of survival and accommodation, of how many of the tsarist ruling class—so-called "former people" and "class enemies"—overcame the psychological wounds inflicted by the loss of their world and decades of repression as they struggled to find a place for themselves and their families in the new, hostile order of the Soviet Union. Chronicling the fate of two great aristocratic families—the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns—it reveals how even in the darkest depths of the terror, daily life went on. Told with sensitivity and nuance by acclaimed historian Douglas Smith, Former People is the dramatic portrait of two of Russia's most powerful aristocratic families, and a sweeping account of their homeland in violent transition.

Horses and the Aristocratic Lifestyle in Early Modern England

Horses and the Aristocratic Lifestyle in Early Modern England
Author: Peter Edwards
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-03-16
ISBN 10: 9781783272884
ISBN 13: 1783272880
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horses and the Aristocratic Lifestyle in Early Modern England Book Review:

Through a study of horses, the book reveals how an important and growing aristocratic estate was managed, where the aristocrat at the centre of it - William Cavendish - travelled and how he spent his time, and how horses were one of the means by which he asserted his social status.

American Dynasty

American Dynasty
Author: Kevin Phillips
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2004-09-30
ISBN 10: 0141941316
ISBN 13: 9780141941318
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Dynasty Book Review:

An acerbic, withering account of the ascent of the Bush family to the pinnacle of the American political and social elite and the implications of the dynasty's hold on power for democracy in America. With an unerring instinct for fakery and humbug,Phillips traces the convoluted trail of Bush mendacity through three generations. The picture he paints of a family willing to do ANYTHING to hold power and a country so craven as to vote for it is both very funny and completely dismaying in equal measure.

Out of Love for My Kin

Out of Love for My Kin
Author: Amy Livingstone
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2011-02-23
ISBN 10: 0801457726
ISBN 13: 9780801457722
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of Love for My Kin Book Review:

In Out of Love for My Kin, Amy Livingstone examines the personal dimensions of the lives of aristocrats in the Loire region of France during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. She argues for a new conceptualization of aristocratic family life based on an ethos of inclusion. Inclusivity is evident in the care that medieval aristocrats showed toward their families by putting in place strategies, practices, and behaviors aimed at providing for a wide range of relatives. Indeed, this care—and in some cases outright affection—for family members is recorded in the documents themselves, as many a nobleman and woman made pious benefactions "out of love for my kin." In a book made rich by evidence from charters—which provide details about life events including birth, death, marriage, and legal disputes over property—Livingstone reveals an aristocratic family dynamic that is quite different from the fictional or prescriptive views offered by literary depictions or ecclesiastical sources, or from later historiography. For example, she finds that there was no single monolithic mode of inheritance that privileged the few and that these families employed a variety of inheritance practices. Similarly, aristocratic women, long imagined to have been excluded from power, exerted a strong influence on family life, as Livingstone makes clear in her gender-conscious analysis of dowries, the age of men and women at marriage, lordship responsibilities of women, and contestations over property. The web of relations that bound aristocratic families in this period of French history, she finds, was a model of family based on affection, inclusion, and support, not domination and exclusion.

Charles Pelham Villiers Aristocratic Victorian Radical

Charles Pelham Villiers  Aristocratic Victorian Radical
Author: Roger Swift
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2017-03-16
ISBN 10: 135197467X
ISBN 13: 9781351974677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Charles Pelham Villiers Aristocratic Victorian Radical Book Review:

This book provides the first biographical study of Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), whose long UK parliamentary career spanned numerous government administrations under twenty different prime ministers. An aristocrat from a privileged background, Villiers was elected to Parliament as a Radical in 1835 and subsequently served the constituency of Wolverhampton for sixty-three years until his death in 1898. A staunch Liberal free trader throughout his life, Villiers played a pre-eminent role in the Anti-Corn Law League as its parliamentary champion, introduced an important series of Poor Law reforms and later split with William Gladstone over the issue of Irish Home Rule, turning thereafter to Liberal Unionism. Hence Villiers, who remains the longest-serving MP in British parliamentary history, was intimately involved with many of the great issues of the Victorian Age in Britain.

The Decoration of Houses

The Decoration of Houses
Author: Edith Wharton,Ogden Codman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 204
Release: 1897
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: WISC:89046888046
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Decoration of Houses Book Review:

Great English Interiors

Great English Interiors
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Prestel Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-07-16
ISBN 10: 9783791381985
ISBN 13: 3791381989
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Great English Interiors Book Review:

Step into British history with this marvelous collection of photographs of the country's greatest homes. Famed photographer Derry Moore and renowned interior designer David Mlinaric offer a panoramic tour inside some of Britain's finest manor houses, halls, castles, and public buildings. Bridging five centuries, this lavishly illustrated book looks at houses such as Haddon Hall, Chastleton, and Knole, each with superb examples of Tudor and Stuart interiors. Including Houghton Hall from the 18th century and Waddesdon Manor from the 19th century, the book continues into the 20th century to feature the homes of such influential figures as Nancy Lancaster, Pauline de Rothschild, and David Hicks, guiding readers through the finest examples of English interior design. The work of British masters including Inigo Jones, William Kent, and Robert Adam is beautifully portrayed in striking photographs while complementary essays enlighten readers on the events and personalities that lend each site cultural significance. Anglophiles, armchair tourists, and lovers of grand interiors will enjoy these gorgeous photographs while discovering more about the designers, architects, and trends that have made British style so alluring and enduring over the centuries.

The Aristocrat

The Aristocrat
Author: Catherine Coulter
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2013-06-18
ISBN 10: 1101622520
ISBN 13: 9781101622520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Aristocrat Book Review:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter shows what destiny has in store for an unlikely pair who wind up in a modern marriage of convenience in this delightful romance novel. Pro quarterback Brant Asher has achieved the American dream: fame, good looks, money, and beautiful women at his beck and call. But news from across the pond is about to change everything... A distant English relative has left Brant an inheritance, which includes a title, an estate, and...a wife. Daphne Asherwood has always been the wallflower of the family, but she still can’t believe that her uncle had to bribe someone into marrying her—an American football star, no less. She and Brant barely speak the same language, yet when she lets down her guard—and Brant takes a chance on fate—they just might get their happily ever after... Includes a bonus excerpt of Catherine Coulter’s Aftershocks

The Rebirth of an English Country House

The Rebirth of an English Country House
Author: The Earl The Earl of Shaftsbury,Tim Knox
Publsiher: Rizzoli International Publications
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-04-12
ISBN 10: 0847863204
ISBN 13: 9780847863204
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rebirth of an English Country House Book Review:

After being deserted for four decades, sixteenth-century English country house St. Giles House undergoes a thorough restoration from roof, structural walls, and interiors (including furnishings, decorative elements, and works of art) to landscape, lake, shell-lined grotto, and outbuildings. The history of the Ashley-Cooper family is described along with the evolution of the house and grounds, as well as the saga in bringing the grand house back to life.

Duchesses

Duchesses
Author: Jane Dismore
Publsiher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-04
ISBN 10: 1905825757
ISBN 13: 9781905825752
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Duchesses Book Review:

The title of 'duchess' has long been part of Britain's heritage. In 2011, it was brought up to date with the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, when the Queen conferred a number of titles on her grandson, among them Duke of Cambridge. Catherine joined that select group of the highest ranking duchesses, well-known royals whose husbands are dukes as members of the Royal Family. But another group of women sit just one notch down from royalty, at the top of the aristocratic tree with their dukes. These non-royal duchesses enjoy titles that were bestowed by monarchs for centuries but they are a dying breed: it is unlikely that any more non-royal dukedoms will be created. Here, for the first time, ten of Britain's non-royal duchesses speak candidly about their role and their lives in the 21st century, an era when privilege is an unpopular concept. Each duchess also selects her favourite ancestor in the role, providing a colourful gallery from the 17th to the 20th century. The parallel biographies provide a thought-provoking comparison for what does it mean to be a duchess in the 21st century? The results are often surprising and always fascinating. The title of 'duchess' has long been part of Britain's heritage.

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 481
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 1501117017
ISBN 13: 9781501117015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of the Spirits Book Review:

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings. This family saga starts at the beginning of the 20th century and continues through the assassination of Allende in 1973.