Aristocrats: Power, grace and decadence - Britain's great ruling classes from 1066 to the present

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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 2, 2010 - History - 448 pages
For nine hundred years the British aristocracy has considered itself ideally qualified to rule others, make laws and guide the fortunes of the nation. Tracing the history of this remarkable supremacy, ARISTOCRATS is a story of wars, intrigue, chicanery and extremes of both selflessness and greed. James also illuminates how the aristocracy's infatuation with classical art has forged our heritage, how its love of sport has shaped our pastimes and values - and how its scandals have entertained the public. Impeccably researched, balanced and brilliantly entertaining, ARISTOCRATS is an enthralling history of power, influence and an extraordinary knack for survival.

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ARISTOCRATS: Power, Grace, and Decadence: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present

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A broad narrative history of British wealth and opulence since the Norman Conquest.James (The Middle Class: A History) effectively digests an entire millennium of British aristocracy, from the cult of ... Read full review

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not enough scandal to be titillating gossip, not enough analysis to be interesting Read full review

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Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career he has emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of his generation.

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