The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation

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9780099554394: The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation

A history of England through the eyes of one its most famous and powerful families, the Devonshires

The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381—when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant's Revolt—to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire's resignation brought down the Tory government: the family's fortunes (and misfortunes) mirrored the life of the nation. This is also the story of the huge support networks of servants and labor needed to sustain the supremacy of a family whose accumulated wealth, from the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the coming of the railways, saw them found ship ports, holiday resorts, scientific laboratories, stud farms, and some of the most significant buildings in the land. For this new history, Hattersley has been given unique access to the archives, based at Chatsworth, the family seat. Whereas previous books on the Devonshires have dealt with one or two key figures, Hattersley gathers the dynasty in one place: an astonishing accumulation of scientists, soldiers, patrons, politicians, house builders, racehorse breeders, philanderers, and powerful women. The huge personalities in the Devonshire story, and the vibrant details that Hatterley uncovers, make for a lively and illuminating path in to the political, social, and cultural changes that England has endured and enjoyed. Brilliantly researched, this is delicious popular history at its very best.

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Roy Hattersley served as deputy leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1992. He has written 19 books, including Buster's Diaries and The Life of John Wesley.

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"A vivid read, crowded with characters and colour" -- Lucy Lethbridge * Observer * "Jostling with the eccentric and engaging characters from a grand family, Hattersley deftly tells a jaunty story about Britishness through the ages" -- Kathryn Hughes * Mail on Sunday * "A seriously comfortable armchair, a magnificent old duffer of a book that deftly knits together a national story into the fabric of a family drama. It does this with all the warmth and affection for history that mark out a former statesman and a first-class storyteller" -- Ian Kelly * The Times * "A balanced look at a traditional tale of aristocratic power and prestige" -- Hallie Rubenhold * BBC History Magazine * "This jaunty magnificent book tells the history of Britain just as much as it does of one family" * Daily Express *

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Verlag: Vintage Publishing Mai 2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
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Buchbeschreibung Vintage Publishing Mai 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Using previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, 'The Devonshires' reveals how the dynasty made and lost its fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, pioneered the railways, and more in this popular history. For fans of Ben McIntyre, as well as Amanda Foreman's 'Georgiana'. 496 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780099554394

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