Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence : Britain's Great Ruling Classes Since 1066

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Little, Brown, 2009 - Aristocracy (Social class) - 438 pages
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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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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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One of our finest narrative historians, especially on imperial subjects, Lawrence James is the author of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, Raj, and The Aristocrats. He lives near Oxford.

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