Earls of Paradise
HarperPress, 2008 - Počet stran: 298
A fascinating portrait of a family, a portrait, and a quarrel with a king that would tear that family apart. To tell this story from the 1520s to the 1640s, Adam Nicolson takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke, their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies, and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war. The Pembrokes straddled their world, politicking at court, while on their vast estates in Wiltshire maintaining the customs of the manor and setting up the hunting parks, great houses and sophisticated gardens which constituted their vision of perfection. It was an England caught up in its first taste of modernity, yet divided over how to react to it, split between the old and the new, the moment at which the world we have lost turned into the world it has now become.
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LibraryThing ReviewRecenze od uživatele - RandyHarper - LibraryThing
This book was a bit stuffy and eclectic but it did have some wonderful insight into the wealthy Pembroke family as well as some vivid descriptions of some of the larger estates in England. It was quite dry and textbookish so it was a bit difficult to push on to the end. Overall it was just ok. Přečíst celou recenzi
LibraryThing ReviewRecenze od uživatele - JBD1 - LibraryThing
Given the number of titles under which this book has been released, clearly there's a bit of confusion about the focal point of the study, something made pretty clear when reading. It's not really so ... Přečíst celou recenzi
A lovely campania
And is not euery manor a little common wealth?
A countrey of lands and Mannours
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