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The disinherited. A story of love, family and betrayal.

Sackville-West, Robert, 1958-

Verlag: London : Bloomsbury, 2014, 2014
ISBN 10: 1408824825 / ISBN 13: 9781408824825
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Titel: The disinherited. A story of love, family ...

Verlag: London : Bloomsbury, 2014

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included


, 308pp., very good dust-jacket, very good white hardcover ISBN 9781408824825. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 40789

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On the June 3, 1914, a man and wife were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. Despite attempts to cover it up, the story spread to England. The headline story in the Daily Mail told of how Ernest Henri Sackville-West shot himself after his wife, Amélie, tragically died of cancer. Henry, as he was known, had spiraled into debt after losing a major lawsuit four years earlier to prove that he was the legitimate son of the second Lord Sackville and the rightful heir to Knole, one of the largest houses in England at the time.

Highlighting the same characters featured in his previous book, Inheritance, Robert Sackville-West shows the darker side of his family's fortune, the shadows that disappeared into the fine print of history. Turning his gaze from grand paintings and impressive genealogies to court reports, diaries, and letters, Sackville-West reveals the secrets and affairs that led to the case and the fierce plotting that began as the proceedings moved from Madrid to London and began to threaten the family's established reputation. Powerful and fascinating, The Disinherited shows the private depths of a public family and the lengths that some will go to reach and maintain their rightful place.


In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.

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