Madresfield Court is an arrestingly romantic stately home surrounded by a perfect medieval moat, in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. It has been continuously owned and lived in by the same family, the Lygons, back to the time of the Domesday Book, and, unusually, remains in the family's hands to this day. Inside, it is a very private, unmistakably English, manor house; a lived-in family home where the bejewelled sits next to the threadbare, the heraldic and feudal rest easily next to the prosaically domestic. The house and the family were the real inspiration for Brideshead Revisited: Evelyn Waugh was a regular visitor, and based his story of the doomed Marchmain family on the Lygons. Never before open to the public, the doors of Madresfield have now swung open to allow Jane Mulvagh to explore its treasures and secrets. And so the rich, dramatic history of one landed family unfolds in parallel with the history of England itself over a millennium, from the Lygon who conspired to overthrow Queen Mary in the Dudley plot; through the tale of the disputed legacy that inspired Dickens' Bleak House; to the secret love behind Elgar's Enigma Variations; and the story of the scandal of Lord Beauchamp, the disgraced 7th Earl.
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The story of the real Brideshead: one home, one family, and a thousand years.About the Author:
Jane Mulvagh read history at Cambridge and is the author of a biography of Vivienne Westwood. She lives in Yorkshire and London, and has been researching Madresfield for the last three years.
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Descrizione libro Doubleday, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0385607725
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110385607725