Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History

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Yale University Press, 1978 - History - 344 pages
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This best-selling book is a beautifully illustrated history of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In it, renowned architectural historian Mark Girouard presents a rare and revealing glimpse of the English upper classes--their public and personal lives, their servants, and their homes.

 

"A deeply important book, one of the most interesting contributions to architectural history."--J. H. Plumb, The New York Review of Books

 

"A survey of country houses through the past five centuries, from a broad range of materials: family archives, literature, plans and photographs.... The book itself is a physical artifact of surpassing beauty which could fit on the grandest table in the houses it describes."--David Hackett Fischer, The New Republic

 

"Informative, balanced, knowledgeable, and witty."--The New Yorker

 

"This enthralling and immensely informative book...tells with wit, scholarship, and lucidity how the country house evolved to meet the needs and reflect the social attitudes of the times."--Philip Ziegler, The Times

 

"One of those very useful and very enjoyable books that the learned can seldom write, and the entertaining seldom achieve--clear, detailed, and witty."--Angus Wilson, The Observer

 

Winner of the 1978 Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and the W. H. Smith & Son Annual Literary Award for 1979.

 

 

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While rather dry, and illustrated largely in black and white, this book would be useful to anyone planning to write historical or fantasy fiction in a medieval thru early modern period. Consider, for ... Read full review

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Contents

The Mediaeval Household
13
The Mediaeval House
29
The Elizabethan and Jacobean House
81
16301720
119
Virtuosos and Dilettanti
163
172070
181
17701830
213
Early CountryHouse Technology
245
18301900
267
190040
299
Notes to the Text
319
List of Illustrations
332
Index
338
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Mark Girouard is one of Britain's leading architectural historians. His books include The English Town, Cities and People, The Victorian Country House, The Return to Camelot, Robert Smythson and the Elizabethan Country House, Victorian Pubs, Sweetness and Light, and Town and Country.

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