Modern Aristocrats

Modern Aristocrats
Author: James Reginato
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN 10: 9780847848980
ISBN 13: 0847848981
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modern Aristocrats Book Review:

This stunning book presents the intriguing stories and celebrated histories of some of the leading families of Great Britain and Ireland and the opulent residences that have defined their heritages. The history of England is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the great seats they have occupied for centuries. As the current owners speak of the critical roles their ancestors have played in the nation, they bring history alive. All of these houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and, at times, scandal. Filled with stunning photography, this book is a remarkably intimate and lively look inside some of Britain’s stateliest houses, with the modern-day aristocrats who live in them and keep them going in high style.This book presents a tour of some of England’s finest residences, with many of the interiors shown here for the first time. It includes Blenheim Palace—seven acres under one roof, eclipsing the splendor of any of the British royal family’s residences—property of the Dukes of Marlborough; the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Mitford); Haddon Hall, a vast crenellated 900-year-old manor house belonging to the Dukes of Rutland that has been called the most romantic house in England; and the island paradises on Mustique and St. Lucia of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. This book is perfect for history buffs and lovers of traditional interior design and English country life."

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.

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.

The Last American Aristocrat

The Last American Aristocrat
Author: David S. Brown
Publsiher: Scribner
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-11-24
ISBN 10: 1982128232
ISBN 13: 9781982128234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last American Aristocrat Book Review:

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice 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 the United States’ dramatic transition from a colonial society to a modern nation. 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 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 with Audio Text

The Great Gatsby  with Audio   Text
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publsiher: East West Studio
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2021-03-13
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Gatsby with Audio Text Book Review:

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. Set on the prosperous Long Island of 1922, The Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for profound economic prosperity, the development of jazz music flapper culture, new technologies in communication (motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music) forging a genuine mass culture; and bootlegging, along with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the 1920s that were to build Gatsby's stories from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Fitzgerald depicts the garish society of the Roaring Twenties by placing the book's plotline within the historical context of the era.

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.

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.

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.

Entitled

Entitled
Author: Chris Bryant
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2017-09-07
ISBN 10: 1473525519
ISBN 13: 9781473525511
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Entitled Book Review:

"A proudly partisan history of the British aristocracy - which scores some shrewd hits against the upper class themselves, and the nostalgia of the rest of us for their less endearing eccentricities. A great antidote to Downton Abbey." (Mary Beard) Exploring the extraordinary social and political dominance enjoyed by the British aristocracy over the centuries, Entitled seeks to explain how a tiny number of noble families rose to such a position in the first place. It reveals the often nefarious means they have employed to maintain their wealth, power and prestige and examines the greed, ambition, jealousy and rivalry which drove aristocratic families to guard their interests with such determination. In telling their history, Entitled introduces a cast of extraordinary characters: fierce warriors, rakish dandies, political dilettantes, charming eccentrics, arrogant snobs and criminals who quite literally got away with murder.

House of Trelawney

House of Trelawney
Author: Hannah Rothschild
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-02-11
ISBN 10: 0525654925
ISBN 13: 9780525654926
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

House of Trelawney Book Review:

From the author of The Improbability of Love: a dazzling novel both satirical and moving, about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of English aristocrats, and their crumbling stately home that reminds us how the lives and hopes of women can still be shaped by the ties of family and love. For more than seven hundred 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. Four women dominate the story: Jane; Kitto's sister, Blaze, who left Trelawney and made a killing in finance in London, the wildly beautiful, seductive, and long-ago banished Anastasia and her daughter, Ayesha. When Anastasia sends a letter announcing that her nineteen-year-old daughter, Ayesha, will be coming to stay, the long-estranged Blaze and Jane must band together to take charge of their new visitor--and save the house of Trelawney. 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 Decoration of Houses

The Decoration of Houses
Author: Edith Wharton,Ogden Codman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 204
Release: 1897
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015033357149
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Decoration of Houses Book Review:

Making Aristocracy Work

Making Aristocracy Work
Author: Andrew Adonis,Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister Andrew Adonis
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 311
Release: 1993
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015028877648
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Aristocracy Work Book Review:

A study of the political role and activities of the peerage both inside and outside Parliament, the late 19th and early 20th century. Andrew Adonis reassesses the strengths and weaknesses of the House of Lords, and shows how its members were able to justify themselves by their work.

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.

The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home

The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home
Author: Peter Mandler
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 523
Release: 1997-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300078695
ISBN 13: 0300078692
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home Book Review:

Challenging the prevailing view of a modern English culture besotted with its history and aristocracy, Mandler portrays instead a continuously changing society where both intellectual and popular attitudes have only recently turned to admiration.

The Country House Library

The Country House Library
Author: Mark Purcell
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 0300248687
ISBN 13: 9780300248685
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Country House Library Book Review:

Beginning with new evidence that cites the presence of books in Roman villas and concluding with present day vicissitudes of collecting, this generously illustrated book presents a complete survey of British and Irish country house libraries. Replete with engaging anecdotes about owners and librarians, the book features fascinating information on acquisition bordering on obsession, the process of designing library architecture, and the care (and neglect) of collections. The author also disputes the notion that these libraries were merely for show, arguing that many of them were profoundly scholarly, assembled with meticulous care, and frequently used for intellectual pursuits. For those who love books and the libraries in which they are collected and stored, The Country House Library is an essential volume to own.

Plantation Houses and Mansions of the Old South

Plantation Houses and Mansions of the Old South
Author: J. Frazer Smith
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-09-06
ISBN 10: 0486142221
ISBN 13: 9780486142227
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Plantation Houses and Mansions of the Old South Book Review:

DIVRich survey ranges from pioneer cabins to French Provincial and Neoclassic revivals. Extensive commentary on each building, with over 100 detailed illustrations, including 36 floor plans. Bibliography. /div

All Passion Spent

All Passion Spent
Author: Vita Sackville-West
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-07-11
ISBN 10: 0525433988
ISBN 13: 9780525433989
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Passion Spent Book Review:

Irreverently funny and surprisingly moving, All Passion Spent is the story of a woman who discovers who she is just before it is too late. After the death of elder statesman Lord Slane—a former prime minister of Great Britain and viceroy of India—everyone assumes that his eighty-eight-year-old widow will slowly fade away in her grief, remaining as proper, decorative, and dutiful as she has been her entire married life. But the deceptively gentle Lady Slane has other ideas. First she defies the patronizing meddling of her children and escapes to a rented house in Hampstead. There, to her offspring’s utter amazement, she revels in her new freedom, recalls her youthful ambitions, and gathers some very unsuitable companions—who reveal to her just how much she had sacrificed under the pressure of others’ expectations.

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.

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.