The Mistresses of Cliveden

The Mistresses of Cliveden
Author: Natalie Livingstone
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2016-06-14
ISBN 10: 0553392085
ISBN 13: 9780553392081
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mistresses of Cliveden Book Review:

For fans of Downton Abbey comes an immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion—from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor’s current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking. Built during the reign of Charles II by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden attracted notoriety as a luxurious retreat in which the duke could conduct his scandalous affair with the ambitious courtesan Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, Anna Maria’s cuckolded husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, challenged Buckingham to a duel. Buckingham killed Shrewsbury and claimed Anna Maria as his prize, making her the first mistress of Cliveden. Through the centuries, other enigmatic and indomitable women would assume stewardship over the estate, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III, who became one of England’s wealthiest women; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, confidante of Queen Victoria and a glittering society hostess turned political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament, who described herself as an “ardent feminist” and welcomed controversy. Though their privileges were extraordinary, in Livingstone’s hands, their struggles and sacrifices are universal. Cliveden weathered renovation and restoration, world conflicts and cold wars, societal shifts and technological advances. Rich in historical and architectural detail, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a tale of sex and power, and of the exceptional women who evaded, exploited, and confronted the expectations of their times. Praise for The Mistresses of Cliveden “Theatrical festivities, political jockeying and court intrigues are deftly described with a verve and attention to domestic comforts that show the author at her best. . . . [Livingstone’s] portraits of strenuous and assertive women who resisted subjection, sometimes deploying their sexual allure to succeed, on other occasions drawing on their husband’s wealth, are astute, spirited, and empathetic.”—The Wall Street Journal “Missing Downton Abbey already? This tome promises ‘three centuries of scandal, power, and intrigue’ and Natalie Livingstone definitely delivers.”—Good Housekeeping “Lively . . . The current chatelaine—the author herself—deserves no small credit for keeping the house’s legend alive. . . . Any of her action-filled chapters would merit a mini-series.”—The New York Times Book Review “Though the personal tales and tidbits are fascinating, and the sensational details of these women’s lives will intrigue Downton Abbey devotees, the real star of the story is Cliveden.”—Booklist “Lovers of modern English history and the scandals that infiltrated upper-crust society will find much to enjoy in this work.”—Library Journal

The Mistresses of Cliveden

The Mistresses of Cliveden
Author: Natalie Livingstone
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 588
Release: 2016-04-07
ISBN 10: 0099594722
ISBN 13: 9780099594727
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mistresses of Cliveden Book Review:

A Sunday Times bestseller - Five women. One house. One extraordinary history. From its construction in the 1660s to its heyday in the 1960s, Cliveden played host to a dynasty of remarkable and powerful women. Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Augusta, Harriet, and Nancy were five ladies who, over the course of three centuries, shaped British society through their beauty, personalities, and political influence. Restoration and revolution, aristocratic rise and fall, world war and cold war form the extraordinary backdrop against which their stories unfold. An addictive history of the period and an intimate exploration of the timeless relationships between people and place, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a story of sex, power and politics, and the ways in which exceptional women defy the expectations of their time.

The Mistresses of Cliveden

The Mistresses of Cliveden
Author: Natalie Livingstone
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2015-07-02
ISBN 10: 1473505976
ISBN 13: 9781473505971
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mistresses of Cliveden Book Review:

A Sunday Times bestseller - Five women. One house. One extraordinary history. Even today, Cliveden retains its royal mystique - it is where Meghan Markle and her mother spent the night before the royal wedding - but from its construction in the 1660s to its heyday in the 1960s, Cliveden has played host to a dynasty of remarkable and powerful women. Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Augusta, Harriet, and Nancy were five ladies who, over the course of three centuries, shaped British society through their beauty, personalities, and political influence. Restoration and revolution, aristocratic rise and fall, world war and cold war form the extraordinary backdrop against which their stories unfold. An addictive history of the period and an intimate exploration of the timeless relationships between people and place, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a story of sex, power and politics, and the ways in which exceptional women defy the expectations of their time.

The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 0465098657
ISBN 13: 9780465098651
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Long Weekend Book Review:

From an acclaimed social and architectural historian, the tumultuous, scandalous, glitzy, and glamourous history of English country houses and high society during the interwar period

A Book of Irish Verse

A Book of Irish Verse
Author: William Butler Yeats
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 256
Release: 1895
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000041575642
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Book of Irish Verse Book Review:

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor

Nancy  The Story of Lady Astor
Author: Adrian Fort
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2013-01-22
ISBN 10: 1250010969
ISBN 13: 9781250010964
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor Book Review:

A new biography of Nancy Astor, American socialite and social crusader who blazed a trail through British society amid two World Wars In 1919, Nancy Astor became the first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons—she was not what had been expected. Far from a virago who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, Lady Astor was already near the center of the ruling society that had for so long resisted the political upheavals of the early twentieth century, having married into one of the richest families in the world. She wasn't even British, but the daughter of a famous Virginian family, and fiercely proud of her expatriate ancestry. But her moral drive was strong, and she would utilize her position of privilege and influence to blow a bracing American wind into what she regarded as the stuffy corners of British politics. This account charts Nancy Astor's incredible story, from relative penury in the American South to a world of enormous countryside estates and townhouses, and the most lavish entertainments, peopled by the great figures of the day—Churchill, Chamberlain, FDR, Charlie Chapin, J. M. Barrie, and Lawrence of Arabia were all part of her social circle. But hers was not to be an easy life of power and pure glamour; it was also defined by principles and bravery, war and sacrifice, love, and the most embittered disputes. With glorious, page-turning brio, Adrian Fort brings to life this restless, controversial American dynamo, an unforgettable woman who left a deep and lasting imprint on the political life of a nation.

In the Company of Horses

In the Company of Horses
Author: Kathleen Lindley
Publsiher: Big Earth Publishing
Total Pages: 131
Release: 2006-11
ISBN 10: 9781555663865
ISBN 13: 1555663869
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Company of Horses Book Review:

When Kathleen Lindley showed up at one of Mark Rashid's horsemanship clinics, she told him that she didn?t know who he was and didn?t really care, as long as he could fix her horse. In the course of working with him and learning about his way of training horses, not only was Kathleen's horse ?fixed, ? her life was changed. This book documents her time spent with Mark Rashid and the deeper appreciation and knowledge she gained for horses and life while there.

Behind the Throne

Behind the Throne
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN 10: 0465094031
ISBN 13: 9780465094035
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Behind the Throne Book Review:

An upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II Monarchs: they're just like us. They entertain their friends and eat and worry about money. Henry VIII tripped over his dogs. George II threw his son out of the house. James I had to cut back on the alcohol bills. In Behind the Throne, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking the reader on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire, the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis. A masterful and witty social history of five centuries of royal life, Behind the Throne offers a grand tour of England's grandest households.

An English Affair Sex Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

An English Affair  Sex  Class and Power in the Age of Profumo
Author: Richard Davenport-Hines
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-12-17
ISBN 10: 000743586X
ISBN 13: 9780007435869
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An English Affair Sex Class and Power in the Age of Profumo Book Review:

WINNER OF THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS POLITICAL HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused snapshot of a nation on the brink of social revolution.

Fall of Poppies

Fall of Poppies
Author: Heather Webb,Hazel Gaynor,Beatriz Williams,Jennifer Robson,Jessica Brockmole,Kate Kerrigan,Evangeline Holland,Lauren Willig,Marci Jefferson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN 10: 0062418564
ISBN 13: 9780062418562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fall of Poppies Book Review:

Top voices in historical fiction deliver an unforgettable collection of short stories set in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month... November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost. As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell. In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies. Featuring: Jessica Brockmole Hazel Gaynor Evangeline Holland Marci Jefferson Kate Kerrigan Jennifer Robson Beatriz Williams Lauren Willig Heather Webb

A Romanov Diary

A Romanov Diary
Author: George (Grand Duchess of Russia),G. Nicholas Tantzos,Marlene A. Eilers
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 262
Release: 1988
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015014956430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Romanov Diary Book Review:

"'A Romanov diary' spans 50 years in the life of Royal Europe (1884-1934) during one of its most turbulent periods of history. Grand Duchess George (Marie) of Russia, writes of Emperors, Kings, Queens and Royal cousins in their everyday, private lives, as well as their intricate relationships which determined the course of history.

The Day I Died Large Print 16pt

The Day I Died  Large Print 16pt
Author: Steve Sjogren
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2010-10
ISBN 10: 1459606884
ISBN 13: 9781459606883
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Day I Died Large Print 16pt Book Review:

An Unforgettable Story of Life After Death It was a beautiful winter's day, showing no signs of what was to come. Steve Sjogren, a successful pastor of a growing church, went into the hospital for routine surgery and died twice. What began as a tragic medical accident led to Steve's near-death experience, an encounter of unimaginable peace and some surprises, with comforting words from God, a meeting with an angel, and seeing those who had died before him. Readers of The Day I Died will hear Steve's unforgettable story and catch a glimpse of heaven, discover how he learned a number of lessons about hearing God's voice in times of crisis, how he learned to trust God in a new way during the recovery process and how his life has changed as a result of this experience.

Rodinsky s Room

Rodinsky s Room
Author: Iain Sinclair,Rachel Lichtenstein
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2014-10-02
ISBN 10: 1783781440
ISBN 13: 9781783781447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rodinsky s Room Book Review:

Rodinsky's world was that of the East European Jewry, cabbalistic speculation, an obsession with language as code and terrible loss. He touched the imagination of artist Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents had left Poland in the 1930s. This text weaves together Lichtenstein's quest for Rodinsky - which took her to Poland, to Israel and around Jewish London - with Iain Sinclair's meditations on her journey into her own past and on the Whitechapel he has reinvented in his own writing. Rodinsky's Room is a testament to a world that has all but vanished, a homage to a unique culture and way of life.

Mrs Guinness

Mrs Guinness
Author: Lyndsy Spence
Publsiher: The History Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-03-02
ISBN 10: 0750963557
ISBN 13: 9780750963558
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mrs Guinness Book Review:

Before Diana Mitford's disgrace as a social pariah, she was a celebrated member of the Bright Young Things, moving at the centre of 1920s and '30s London high society. She was a muse to many: Helleu painted her, James Lees-Milne worshipped her, Evelyn Waugh dedicated a book to her and Winston Churchill nicknamed her 'Dina-mite'. As the young wife of Bryan Guinness, heir to the Guinness brewing empire, she lived a gilded life until fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley turned her head. Unpublished letters, diaries and archives bring an unknown Diana to life, creating a portrait of a beautiful woman whose charm and personality enthralled all who met her, but the discourse of her life would ultimately act as a cautionary tale.This groundbreaking biography reveals the woman behind the myth.

A Life Less Throwaway

A Life Less Throwaway
Author: Tara Button
Publsiher: Ten Speed Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-06-19
ISBN 10: 0399582525
ISBN 13: 9780399582523
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Life Less Throwaway Book Review:

A revolutionary guide to the art of mindful buying that will teach you how to resist cheaply made goods and make smart, fulfilling purchases that last a lifetime. With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we’ve been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you: • Spot the tricks that make you overspend • De-clutter your home • Find the products that serve you best • Rediscover the art of keeping and caring for things • Find happiness, success, and self-worth, beyond buying

A Guarded Secret

A Guarded Secret
Author: Julia P Gelardi
Publsiher: Julia Gelardi
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2019-01-20
ISBN 10: 9781733528429
ISBN 13: 1733528423
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Guarded Secret Book Review:

In the summer of 1904 as Russia was convulsed in the Russo-Japanese War, an event of great joy occurred when a baby boy was born to Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. After the arrival four daughters, the longed-for male heir to the Romanov dynasty, Tsarevich Alexei, had completed the family of Nicholas and Alexandra. The happiness of the imperial couple was soon dashed, however, by the tragic news that their only son and heir was afflicted with the painful and often fatal, bleeding disease, hemophilia. The ill-health of the heir to the throne was a well-guarded secret that cast a deep shadow over the final years of imperial Russia. Here is the dramatic story of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra during those years as they struggled to deal with their son's infirmity which brought the controversial Rasputin into the imperial court. Follow their story from the joyful day of Tsarevich Alexei's birth in 1904 to its moving and dramatic denouement.

Miss Mole

Miss Mole
Author: E.H. Young
Publsiher: Virago
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-10-01
ISBN 10: 0349014124
ISBN 13: 9780349014128
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Miss Mole Book Review:

'Who would suspect her sense of fun and irony, of a passionate love for beauty and the power to drag it from its hidden places? Who would imagine that Miss Mole had pictured herself, at different times, as an explorer in strange lands, as a lady wrapped in luxury and delicate garments?' Miss Hannah Mole has for twenty years earned her living precariously as a governess or companion to a succession of difficult old women.Now, aged forty, a thin and shabby figure, she returns to Radstowe, the lovely city of her youth. Here she is, if not exactly welcomed, at least employed as housekeeper by the pompous Reverend Robert Corder, whose daughters are sorely in need of guidance. But even the dreariest situation can be transformed into an adventure by the indomitable Miss Mole. Blessed with imagination, wit and intelligence, she wins the affection of Ethel and her nervous sister Ruth. But her past holds a secret that, if brought to life, would jeopardise everything.

Wife No 19 Or The Story of a Life in Bondage

Wife No  19  Or  The Story of a Life in Bondage
Author: Ann Eliza Young
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 605
Release: 1876
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IOWA:31858015169273
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wife No 19 Or The Story of a Life in Bondage Book Review:

Rose My Life in Service to Lady Astor

Rose  My Life in Service to Lady Astor
Author: Rosina Harrison
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-12-27
ISBN 10: 1101565705
ISBN 13: 9781101565704
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rose My Life in Service to Lady Astor Book Review:

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country. For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor's side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

First Ladies

First Ladies
Author: Susan Swain,C-SPAN
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2015-04-14
ISBN 10: 1610395670
ISBN 13: 9781610395670
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First Ladies Book Review:

C-SPAN's year-long history series, "First Ladies: Influence and Image," aired in 2013 and 2014 and was devoted to revealing the private lives and public actions of 43 iconic American women. First Ladies captures the spirit of this special series by assembling its impressive collection of contemporary first ladies historians into book form. Their original interviews, condensed into an essay about each first lady, create intimate portraits of these women, their lives, ambitions, and their unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were. You'll read how Martha Washington intentionally set the standards followed by first ladies for the next century; how Lucretia Garfield calmed the nation in the wake of her husband's shooting just four months into his presidency; and how Mamie Eisenhower harnessed the advent of television to reinforce her and her husband's positive public images. First Ladies informs its readers in interesting ways about America's most well-known first ladies, such as Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama. Yet, some of its very best gems are contained in the lives of first ladies whose stories had been lost to the pages of history or overshadowed by their powerful presidential partners—Louisa Catherine Adams, Jane Pierce, Sarah Polk, Frances Cleveland, and Edith Wilson. What is ultimately unraveled in the book is the untold half of the story: how American women lived, worked, and thrived over 200+ years of history. The role of first ladies in our political culture has long been a subject of lively debate. This book provides an intimate historical look at the interesting women who persevered in the glare that is the White House, supporting their families and famous husbands and sometimes changing history. You'll find it illuminating, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring. Illustrated, and including both the basic biographical information and a rich look at the public and inner lives of the first ladies, this book is a resource, a fascinating read, and a beautiful gift.