Friday, 16 September 2016

Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats


This stunning book presents the intriguing stories and celebrated histories of some of the leading families of Great Britain and Ireland and the opulent residences that have defined their heritages. The history of England is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the great seats they have occupied for centuries. As the current owners speak of the critical roles their ancestors have played in the nation, they bring history alive. All of these houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and, at times, scandal. Filled with stunning photography, this book is a remarkably intimate and lively look inside some of Britain’s stateliest houses, with the modern-day aristocrats who live in them and keep them going in high style. This book presents a tour of some of England’s finest residences, with many of the interiors shown here for the first time. It includes Blenheim Palace—seven acres under one roof, eclipsing the splendor of any of the British royal family’s residences—property of the Dukes of Marlborough; the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Mitford); Haddon Hall, a vast crenellated 900-year-old manor house belonging to the Dukes of Rutland that has been called the most romantic house in England; and the island paradises on Mustique and St. Lucia of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. This book is perfect for history buffs and lovers of traditional interior design and English country life.
About the Author

James Reginato is writer-at-large for Vanity Fair and a contributing editor of Sotheby’s Magazine.

Jonathan Becker is a photographer who has contributed to Vogue, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair.

Viscount Linley is Hon. Chairman for Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and India.

James Reginato is writer-at-large for Vanity Fair and a contributing editor of Sotheby’s Magazine.
 
The history of England and the British people is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the seats they have occupied for centuries. These houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and at times scandal and tragedy. James Reginato, writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, will showcase several of these homes in England, Ireland, Italy, and the Carribean, and for the first times illustrate some of their private interiors—among them the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, the last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire; Villa Cetinale in Tuscany, owned by the 7th Earl of Durham; Blenheim Palace, the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough; Broughton Castle, home of the 21st Baron Saye and Sele; and The Grove in Oxfordshire, home of Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Lady Pamela Hicks.

  Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats

Written by James Reginato, Foreword by Viscount Linley, Photographed by Jonathan Becker

Pub Date: October 4, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Category: House & Home - Decorating
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9-3/8 x 12-3/4
US Price: $60.00
CAN Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4898-0

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