The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England

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Penguin, May 6, 2008 - History - 569 pages
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“A lively, almost novelistic account of an aristocratic family”(The New Yorker) drawn from an unprecedented number of personal papers.

The Verneys had a country estate, a seat in Parliament, and an astonishing habit: for four centuries generations of the family saved every piece of correspondence that came into their possession. The result is the largest private collection of letters and documents in the world—an extraordinary foundation for Adrian Tinniswood’s family chronicle, one that “breathes life into the turbulent history of an entire century” (Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome).
 

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This was an extremely impressive book. The author made copious use of the letters and other documents from the Verney family, but also supplemented that with extensive research into social aspects of ... Read full review

THE VERNEYS: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England

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Absorbing chronicle of a prominent 17th-century English family. With characteristic aplomb, British architectural historian Tinniswood (By Permission of Heaven, 2004, etc.) adjusts his gaze to focus ... Read full review

Contents

Map of the British Isles xiii
1
EDMUND AND RALPH
15
A Strange Cruelty 105
105
Oh My My Dear Dear 153
153
Giro dltalia
173
None but Princes 199
299
15 Mend Me or End Me
319
Perfect Empress of My Heart
336
She Doth Not Rave
379
The Levant Trader
396
Natural Bias
421
n Good Husbandry
446
Without Escutcheons
466
He Grows Weary
490
Acknowledgments 511
511
Notes 513
529

All the Physic in the World 355
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Adrian Tinniswood is the author of His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren and Visions of Power: Ambition and Architecture from Ancient Times to the Present. He is a respected author, lecturer, and broadcaster in Britain and the United States.

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