A Very British Family: The Trevelyans and Their World

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I. B. Tauris, Oct 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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The Trevelyans are unique in British social and political history: a family which for several generations dedicated themselves to the service and chronicling of their country. From their inauspicious beginnings in a small dwelling in Cornwall to the present day, some Trevelyans have been famous and distinguished, others less so, but for a hundred years from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century family members from Lord Macaulay to G.M. Trevelyan contributed to both the writing and the making of history. This book is primarily the tale of the five men who flourished during this period - Charles Edward, George Otto, Charles Philips, George Macaulay and Humphry Trevelyan - and the clever and formidable women they married. Including many vivid portraits of the most influential members of this remarkable family, The Trevelyans casts light on the period of enormous social and cultural change in which they lived and examines why they chose not to simply exploit their position as landed gentry but instead to take their place at the centre of scholarship and politics.

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Laura Trevelyan is a BBC Correspondent and Presenter, North America.

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