The lucid and scholarly yet extraordinarily gripping history of the four Lennox sisters whose turbulent lives spanned the Georgian period of English and Irish history. A major BBC drama in 1999.
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Alive with the details of upper-class life in the 1700s, and sparkling with extracts from the letters of Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox and their offspring, Aristocrats: The Illustrated Companion to the Television Series takes the reader on a Grand Tour of their 18th-century experience. Stella Tillyard's completely new text (the series Aristocrats is based on her highly acclaimed book of the same name), breathes intelligence and accessibility. Divided into themed chapters: Beginnings and Marriages; Town Life; Country Life; Travel and Endings, Aristocrats is gorgeously illustrated with informatively captioned paintings, photos of artefacts and stills from the television series. Helpfully, the book kicks off with a Dramatis Personae section, which explains who everyone is, tells us how they relate to each other, what they were like and fits them snugly into their context like the elegant, idiosyncratic pieces of a lavish three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Throughout, Tillyard's affectionately vivid prose combines with the stunning illustrations to recreate the opulence in which the Lennox sisters lived, loved, married, took lovers, raised children, survived scandals, played at architecture and design, and lived high politics.
A book which combines gossip, art and history to terrific effect. Buy it even if you've read Tillyard's original book. Actually--buy two copies. Keep one and give one to someone you love as a present. --Lisa GeeReview:
audio review Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times 9/5/99
“A dazzling achievement: an extraordinary story told by a phenomenally gifted writer. Within its gripping narrative lies a wonderfully rich reconstruction of the world of the Hanoverian elite, its virtues and vices wittily and movingly related.”
“Aristocrats is my favourite kind of history: on the one hand it’s lucid and scholarly, on the other hand it reads like a novel. I hated to finish it.”
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Descrizione libro HarperCollins, 1999. Audio Cassette. Condizione libro: Good. THIS IS AN AUDIOBOOK. Damaged case. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0003149518