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The Devonshires By Roy Hattersley

The Devonshires
by Roy Hattersley

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With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times.
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The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation by Roy Hattersley

William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I. With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times.

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The Devonshires Reviews


"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 *

About Roy Hattersley


Roy Hattersley was elected to Parliament in 1964. He served in Harold Wilson's government and in Jim Callaghan's Cabinet. In 1983 he became deputy leader of the Labour Party. As well as contributing to a host of national newspapers, he has written twenty-two books, including The Edwardians; Borrowed Time: the story of Britain between the wars; and In Search of England as well as much acclaimed biographies of John Wesley and, most recently, Lloyd George. Roy Hattersley has been Visiting Fellow of Harvard's Institute of Politics and of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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GOR005767612
The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation by Roy Hattersley
Roy Hattersley
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2014-05-08
496
0099554399
9780099554394
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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