• History

The Long Weekend

Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465098657
Category: History
Page: 344
View: 6019
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

    • History

The Long Weekend

Life in the English Country House Between the Wars
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448191246
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 2167
'A masterpiece of social history' Daily Mail There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes. Real life in the country house during the 1920s and 1930s was not always so sunny. By turns opulent and ordinary, noble and vicious, its shadows were darker. In The Long Weekend, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the truth about a world half-forgotten, draped in myth and hidden behind stiff upper lips and film-star smiles. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to the people who inhabited this world and shows how the image of the country house was carefully protected by its occupants above and below stairs, and how the reality was so much more interesting than the dream.

    • History

Life in the English Country House

A Social and Architectural History
Author: Mark Girouard
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300058703
Category: History
Page: 344
View: 6678
Based on the author's Slade lectures given at Oxford University in 1975-76.

    • History

Behind the Throne

A Domestic History of the British Royal Household
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465094031
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 5020
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.

    • History

The Long Week-end

A Social History of Great Britain, 1918-1939
Author: Robert Graves,Alan Hodge
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393311365
Category: History
Page: 472
View: 9631
A classic social history by two distinguished writers who lived through the time. "The long week-end" is the authors' evocative phrase for the period in Great Britain's social history between the twin devastations of the Great War and World War II. From a postwar period of prosperity and frivolity through the ever-darkening decade of the thirties, The Long Week-End deftly and movingly preserves the details and captures the spirit of the time.

    • Country homes

Life in the Country House in Georgian Ireland

Author: Patricia McCarthy
Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
ISBN: 9780300218862
Category: Country homes
Page: 272
View: 5169
"For aristocrats and gentry in 18th-century Ireland, the townhouses and country estates they resided in were carefully constructed to accommodate their cultivated lifestyles. Based on new research from Irish national collections and correspondence culled from papers in private keeping, this publication provides a vivid and engaging look at the various ways in which families tailored their homes to their personal needs and preferences. Halls were designed in order to simultaneously support a variety of activities, including dining, music, and games, while closed porches allowed visitors to arrive fully protected from the country's harsh weather. These grand houses were arranged in accordance with their residents' daily procedures, demonstrating a distinction between public and private spaces, and even keeping in mind the roles and arrangements of the servants in their purposeful layouts. With careful consideration given to both the practicality of everyday routine and the occasional special event, this book illustrates how the lives and residential structures of these aristocrats were inextricably woven together. "--

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Mistresses of Cliveden

Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home
Author: Natalie Livingstone
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0553392085
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
View: 4673
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 From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Children of the Sun

A Narrative of "decadence" in England After 1918
Author: Martin Green
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781604190014
Category: History
Page: 518
View: 338
Children of the Sun is a story of brilliant and later famous young people who deliberately chose decadence as an alternative lifestyle. The setting is England between World War I and World War II. The cast of characters includes Evelyn Waugh, Randolph Churchill, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Cecil Beaton among others.

    • Fiction

The Optimist's Daughter

Author: Eudora Welty
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 067972883X
Category: Fiction
Page: 180
View: 5426
Laurel Hand is forced to face her Southern past when she returns to Mississippi for her father's funeral

The Royal Society

Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781786691897
Page: 256
View: 8721
The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge has been at the forefront of scientific endeavour for more than 350 years, since receiving its royal charter from Charles II in 1662. Philosophical Transactions, published in 1665, established the concepts of scientific priority and peer review and is the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication in the world. The 8,000 fellows elected to the Society to date include all of the scientific leading lights of the last four centuries, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Tim Berners-Lee and Stephen Hawking. The Society's motto, nullius in verba, 'on the word of no one', is a reminder of its founders' belief that authority must always be questioned; hypotheses can never be taken for granted; truths must be demonstrated or they are not truths at all. Adrian Tinniswood examines why the Royal Society has been such a pivotal institution in the cultural life of Britain and the world.

    • Photography

The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468302302
Category: Photography
Page: 316
View: 919
More than twenty years ago, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer Hugh Thomson first set off into the Peruvian cloud forest on foot, to find a ruin called Llactapata which, although it had been discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, had been "lost" again. With the backdrop of the ever-intriguing Andes mountains, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson’s intoxicating history of the Inca people and their heartland, is a thrilling mix of information and adventure. The author, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer, expertly weaves accounts of his own discoveries and brushes with danger with the history of those who preceded him—including the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; the twentieth century South American photographer, Martín Chambi; the poet Pablo Neruda; and the Spanish conquistadores who destroyed the Inca civilization—and the eccentric characters he meets on his travels.

    • Great Britain

The Great Silence

1918-1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War
Author: Juliet Nicolson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781552788899
Category: Great Britain
Page: 400
View: 9207
Peace at last, after Lloyd George declared it had been ‘the war to end all wars’, would surely bring relief and a renewed sense of optimism? But this assumption turned out to be deeply misplaced as people began to realise that the men they loved were never coming home. The Great Silence is the story of the pause between 1918 and 1920. A two-minute silence to celebrate those who died was underpinned by a more enduring silence born out of national grief. Those who had danced through settled Edwardian times, now faced a changed world. Some struggled to come to terms with the last four years, while others were anxious to move towards a new future. Change came to women, who were given the vote only five years after Emily Davidson had thrown herself on the ground at Ascot race course, to the poor, determined to tolerate their condition no longer, and to those permanently scarred, mentally and physically, by the conflict. The British Monarchy feared for its survival as monarchies around Europe collapsed and Eric Horne, one time butler to the gentry, found himself working in a way he considered unseemly for a servant of his calibre. Whether it was embraced or rejected, change had arrived as the impact of a tragic war was gradually absorbed. With her trademark focus on daily life, Juliet Nicolson evokes what England was like during this fascinating hinge in history.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Husband Hunters

American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
Author: Anne de Courcy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250164613
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 2186
A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – The real women who inspired Downton Abbey Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.

    • Country Houses

Great Houses of England & Wales

Author: Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd,Christopher Simon Sykes
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 1856690539
Category: Country Houses
Page: 424
View: 6409
Records thirty-two of the most important estates in words and photographs

    • Biography & Autobiography

No More Champagne

Churchill and His Money
Author: David Lough
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1250071275
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
View: 1399
Meticulously researched by a senior private banker now turned historian, No More Champagne reveals for the first time the full extent of the iconic British war leader's private struggle to maintain a way of life instilled by his upbringing and expected of his public position. Lough uses Churchill's own most private records, many never researched before, to chronicle his family's chronic shortage of money, his own extravagance and his recurring losses from gambling or trading in shares and currencies. Churchill tried to keep himself afloat by borrowing to the hilt, putting off bills and writing 'all over the place'; when all else failed, he had to ask family or friends to come to the rescue. Yet within five years he had taken advantage of his worldwide celebrity to transform his private fortunes with the same ruthlessness as he waged war, reaching 1945 with today's equivalent of £3 million in the bank. His lucrative war memoirs were still to come. Throughout the story, Lough highlights the threads of risk, energy, persuasion, and sheer willpower to survive that link Churchill's private and public lives. He shows how constant money pressures often tempted him to short-circuit the ethical standards expected of public figures in his day before usually pulling back to put duty first-except where the taxman was involved.

    • Architecture

The Polite Tourist

Four Centuries of Country House Visiting
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: Abradale Press
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
View: 3603
Rebecca's Manderley, Jane Eyre's Thornfield, Pride and Prejudice's Pemberley -- just the names of these fictional English estates conjure up romantic images of majestic architecture, sweeping gardens, impressive artworks, and lavish interiors. This illustrated volume takes readers on a grand tour of the real-life counterparts to these fictional stately homes, and draws on letters, drawings, paintings, and journals to trace their appeal to visitors through four centuries. Visiting historic houses has a long tradition in England. Elizabethans marveled at royal and private palaces such as Hampton Court in Surrey and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Victorian sightseers took advantage of the brand-new railroad to see grand homes like Chatsworth and Knole, descending in droves on their elaborately landscaped grounds. Adrian Tinniswood explains the phenomenon of tourism and why millions continue to visit these and other country houses and their gardens, many of them maintained by the National Trust.

    • History

Mind Your Manors

Tried-And-True British Household Cleaning Tips
Author: Lucy Lethbridge
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393249484
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 3847
British estates were known to be the epitome of cleanliness with their white-glove perfection. For her research on servants, Lucy Lethbridge absorbed an amazing trove of knowledge about how these homes were made to gleam from Victorian through Edwardian years. She noticed that many household tasks used common, nontoxic ingredients, which feel very modern in their display of frugality and ecological soundness. Tea leaves were used to freshen up rugs, while lemon was applied to dispatch marks on teakettles and stewed rhubarb to remove rust stains. Here, Lethbridge reveals these old-fashioned and almost forgotten techniques that made British households sparkle before the use of complicated contraptions and chemical concoctions. Including quotes from servants and the doyennes of household cleaning, as well as charming art from the classic domestic manuals, this is the perfect gift for Anglophiles and those who want to put time-tested cleaning methods to work.

    • History

A Walk in the Park

The Life and Times of a People's Institution
Author: Travis Elborough
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448192498
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 8695
'A fascinating, informative, revelatory book' William Boyd, Guardian Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention. From their medieval inception as private hunting grounds through to their modern incarnation as public spaces of rest and relaxation, parks have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, reforming Victorian industrialists, hippies, punks, and somewhere along the way, the common folk trying to savour their single day of rest. In A Walk in the Park, Travis Elborough excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. Loving, funny and impassioned, this is a timely celebration of a small wonder that – in an age of swingeing cuts – we should not take for granted.

    • Architecture


The British Country House in the Second World War
Author: John Martin Robinson
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 9781781310953
Category: Architecture
Page: 192
View: 825
This book profiles 20 country houses and their fate during WW2, from schools (Chatsworth) to hospitals to barracks (Eaton Hall) to storing the National Art Collection (Penrhyn Castle). Wide geographical spread, including Scotland (where the SOE trained in West Coast castles like Rosneath) and Wales. Some houses have since been restored to former glory, like Arundel, some are famous only as a result of their wartime role - Bletchley Park - and others have been destroyed for ever.