Inheritance

Publisher : A&C Black
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ISBN : 1408803380
Pages : 322 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (48 users)

Download or read book Inheritance written by Robert Sackville-West and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2010-05-03 with total page 322 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A fascinating memoir of an extraordinary family told through the vast, four-hundred-year-old house, Knole

Faded and Threadbare Historic Textiles and their Role in Houses Open to the Public

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317136896
Pages : 264 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book Faded and Threadbare Historic Textiles and their Role in Houses Open to the Public written by Margaret Ponsonby and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-04-15 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many historic houses that open to the public in England and Wales - particularly those owned by the National Trust - preserve their contents rather than restore them to a particular period. The former owners of these houses often retained objects from various periods and this layering of history produces interiors that look aged and patinated. Although the reason for this preservation and lack of fashionable renewable can be attributed to declining economic fortunes in the twentieth century, there are many examples of families practising this method of homemaking over a much longer period. Taking National Trust properties as its central focus, this book examines three interlocking themes to examine the role of historic textiles. Firstly it looks at houses with preserved contents together with the reasons for individual families choosing this lifestyle; secondly the role of the National Trust as both guardian and interpreter of these houses and their collections; and finally, and most importantly, the influence of textiles to contribute to the appearance of interiors, and their physical attributes that carry historical resonances of the past. The importance of preserved textiles in establishing the visual character of historic houses is a neglected area and therefore the prominence given to textiles in this project constitutes an original contribution to the study of these houses. Drawing upon a range of primary sources, including literature produced by the National Trust for their sites, and documentary sources for the families and their houses (such as diaries, letters and household accounts), the study takes a broad approach that will be of interest to all those with an interest in material culture, heritage, collecting studies and cultural history.

The Disinherited

Publisher : A&C Black
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ISBN : 1408824825
Pages : 321 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (48 users)

Download or read book The Disinherited written by Robert Sackville-West and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2014-01-01 with total page 321 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.

Read On...History

Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 1610694325
Pages : 212 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (61 users)

Download or read book Read On...History written by Tina Frolund and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2013-10-21 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds. This invaluable resource offers reading lists of contemporary and classic non-fiction history books and historical fiction, covering all time periods throughout the world, and including practically all manner of human endeavors. Every book included is hand-selected as an entertaining and enlightening read! Organized by appeal characteristics, this book will help readers zero in on the history books they will like best—for instance, titles that emphasize character, tell a specific type of historical story, convey a mood, or are presented in a particular setting. Every book listed has been recommended based on the author's research, and has proved to be a satisfying and worthwhile read. Provides succinct, accessible overview information to make finding the right book efficient Selectively arranges the most interesting books into lists that will entice readers to return to reading about the past Organizes lists in sections based on appeal features of character, setting, story, language, and mood

Love Among the Archives

Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN : 1474406661
Pages : 256 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (474 users)

Download or read book Love Among the Archives written by Helena Michie and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2015-09-18 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Part biography, part detective novel, part love story, and part meditation on archival research, Love Among the Archives is the story of two literary critics' attempts to track down Sir George Scharf, the founding director of the National Portrait Gallery

The Passion Projects

Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN : 0691194270
Pages : 224 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (691 users)

Download or read book The Passion Projects written by Melanie Micir and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2019-10-08 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How modernist women writers used biographical writing to resist their exclusion from literary history It’s impossible, now, to think of modernism without thinking about gender, sexuality, and the diverse movers and shakers of the early twentieth century. But this was not always so. The Passion Projects examines biographical projects that modernist women writers undertook to resist the exclusion of their friends, colleagues, lovers, and companions from literary history. Many of these works were vibrant efforts of modernist countermemory and counterhistory that became casualties in a midcentury battle for literary legitimacy, but that now add a new dimension to our appreciation of such figures as Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, Hope Mirrlees, and Sylvia Beach, among many others. Melanie Micir explores an extensive body of material, including Sylvia Townsend Warner’s carefullly annotated letters to her partner Valentine Ackland, Djuna Barnes’s fragmented drafts about the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Margaret Anderson’s collection of modernist artifacts, and Virginia Woolf’s joke biography of her friend and lover Vita Sackville-West, the novel Orlando. Whether published in encoded desire or squirreled away in intimate archives, these “passion projects” recorded life then in order to summon an audience now, and stand as important predecessors of queer and feminist recovery projects that have shaped the contemporary understanding of the field. Arguing for the importance of biography, The Passion Projects shows how women turned to this genre in the early twentieth century to preserve their lives and communities for future generations to discover.

The Devil Comes to Dartmoor

Publisher : The History Press
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ISBN : 0752489801
Pages : 192 pages
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Download or read book The Devil Comes to Dartmoor written by Laura Quigley and published by The History Press. This book was released on 2011-10-01 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many will have heard of the ghostly white lady haunting Tavistock – the notorious Mary Howard, accused of murdering her four husbands. A few may know the true story of her lover, George Cutteford, a Plymouth 'cutty man' who became a Puritan lawyer. Cutteford was imprisoned in the horror of Lydford Gaol, persecuted by Mary's fourth husband - Sir Richard Grenville, the most notorious and sadistic royalist General of the Civil War. But fewer still will know the secrets George Cutteford died to protect - secrets that would destroy his own family; end Grenville’s career in shame; and make a boy with no name the richest landowner in Devon. Gathered from the varying historical accounts, and including primary material unearthed, hundreds of years ago, in an old fish market in London, comes this haunting true story of love, treachery and revenge in seventeenth-century Devon.

Female Sexuality in Modernist Fiction

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1000190803
Pages : 152 pages
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Download or read book Female Sexuality in Modernist Fiction written by Elaine Wood and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-10-04 with total page 152 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Female Sexuality in Modernist Fiction: Literary Techniques for Making Women Artists provides a chronological investigation of the innovative writing styles of canonical modernist writers to reveal a shift in gendered representations of sexual subjectivity. Positioned at the nexus of studies on the body and sexuality in modernist literature, this book addresses the complex ways that constructions of female sexuality are understood culturally, politically, and epistemologically. Using close reading strategies to identify how modernist authors challenge representations of female positionality as passive, case studies consider how canonical modernist authors – Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett – found new ways to represent women as embodied, sexual, desired, and desiring subjects through prose, poetry, and drama. This book addresses Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography (1928), Yeats’ The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939), Beckett’s Not I (1972), and other dramatic works. By rendering sexuality more obviously as a component of female character, these works of modernist literature shape our understanding of the artistic body as a structure for thinking about "woman" as a linguistic construct and material reality. This study is will be of great interest to scholars in English literature, women and gender studies, and sexuality studies.

Hollow Palaces

Publisher : Liverpool University Press
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ISBN : 1800857535
Pages : 440 pages
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Download or read book Hollow Palaces written by Kevin Gardner and published by Liverpool University Press. This book was released on 2021-09-01 with total page 440 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The ‘country house poem’ was born in the seventeenth century as a fruitful way of flattering potential patrons. But the genre’s popularity faded – ironically, just as ‘country house society’ was emerging. It was only when the power and influence of the landed classes had all but ebbed away that poets returned to the theme, attracted perhaps by the buildings’ irresistible dereliction, but equally by their often very personal histories. This is the first complete anthology of modern country house poems, and it shows just how far (as Simon Jenkins points out in his Foreword) poems can ‘penetrate the souls of buildings’. Over 160 distinguished poets representing a diversity of class, race, gender, and generation offer fascinating perspectives on stately exteriors and interiors, gardens both wild and cultivated, crumbling ruins and the extraordinary secrets they hide. There are voices of all kinds, whether it’s Edith Sitwell recreating her childhood, W. B. Yeats and Wendy Cope pondering Lissadell, or Simon Armitage’s labourer confronting the Lady who’s ‘got the lot’. We hear from noble landowners and loyal (or rebellious) servants, and from many an inquisitive day-tripper. The book’s dominant note is elegiac, yet comedy, satire, even strains of Gothic can be heard among these potent reflections. Hollow Palaces reminds us how poets can often be the most perceptive of guides to radical changes in society. The book is illustrated by Rosie Greening.

The Searchers

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN : 1526613131
Pages : 385 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (526 users)

Download or read book The Searchers written by Robert Sackville-West and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2021-09-30 with total page 385 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Fascinating ... carefully researched and beautifully written' DAVID DIMBLEBY 'Utterly riveting' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Remarkable' JOHN CAREY, SUNDAY TIMES 'Robert-Sackville West writes tenderly about death and remembrance' GERARD DEGROOT, THE TIMES 'Deeply moving' DAILY MAIL ______________________ By the end of the First World War, the whereabouts of more than half a million British soldiers were unknown. Most were presumed dead, lost forever under the battlefields of northern France and Flanders. In The Searchers, Robert Sackville-West brings together the extraordinary, moving accounts of those who dedicated their lives to the search for the missing. These stories reveal the remarkable lengths to which people will go to give meaning to their loss: Rudyard Kipling's quest for his son's grave; E.M. Forster's conversations with traumatised soldiers in hospital in Alexandria; desperate attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead; the campaign to establish the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior; and the exhumation and reburial in military cemeteries of hundreds of thousands of bodies. It was a search that would span a century: from the department set up to investigate the fate of missing comrades in the war's aftermath to the present day, when DNA profiling continues to aid efforts to recover, identify and honour these men. As the rest of the country found ways to repair and move on, countless families were consumed by this mission, undertaking arduous, often hopeless, journeys to discover what happened to their husbands, brothers and sons. Giving prominence to the personal battles of those left behind, The Searchers brings the legacy of war vividly to life in a testament to the bravery, compassion and resilience of the human spirit.

Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN : 1472558588
Pages : 432 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (472 users)

Download or read book Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary written by Vivian Thomas and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2014-02-27 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Shakespeare lived when knowledge of plants and their uses was a given, but also at a time of unique interest in plants and gardens.His lifetime saw the beginning of scientific interest in plants, the first large-scale plant introductions from outside the country since Roman times, and the beginning of gardening as a leisure activity. Shakespeare's works show that he engaged with this new world to illuminate so many facets of his plays and poems. This dictionary offers a complete companion to Shakespeare's references to landscape, plants and gardens, including both formal and rural settings.It covers plants and flowers, gardening terms, and the activities that Shakespeare included within both cultivated and uncultivated landscapes as well as encompassing garden imagery in relation to politics, the state and personal lives. Each alphabetical entry offers an definition and overview of the term discussed in its historical context, followed by a guided tour of its use in Shakespeare's works and finally an extensive bibliography, including primary and secondary sources, books and articles.

Entitled

Publisher : Random House
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ISBN : 1473525519
Pages : 448 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (473 users)

Download or read book Entitled written by Chris Bryant and published by Random House. This book was released on 2017-09-07 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A proudly partisan history of the British aristocracy - which scores some shrewd hits against the upper class themselves, and the nostalgia of the rest of us for their less endearing eccentricities. A great antidote to Downton Abbey." (Mary Beard) Exploring the extraordinary social and political dominance enjoyed by the British aristocracy over the centuries, Entitled seeks to explain how a tiny number of noble families rose to such a position in the first place. It reveals the often nefarious means they have employed to maintain their wealth, power and prestige and examines the greed, ambition, jealousy and rivalry which drove aristocratic families to guard their interests with such determination. In telling their history, Entitled introduces a cast of extraordinary characters: fierce warriors, rakish dandies, political dilettantes, charming eccentrics, arrogant snobs and criminals who quite literally got away with murder.

Proof of Identity

Publisher : Carcanet
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ISBN : 1847776558
Pages : 68 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (847 users)

Download or read book Proof of Identity written by Neil Powell and published by Carcanet. This book was released on 2012-07-27 with total page 68 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Neil Powell's seventh Carcanet collection explores the deep roots of identity: family histories we inherit, memories we carry, the casual decisions and wrong turnings that add up to make us who we are. At the heart of the book is a compelling narrative based on a journal kept by the poet's grandmother of her life in South Africa: a feckless husband, a 483-mile trek with horse and covered wagon, violence and poverty. There's also a shorter, teasingly fictional narrative and a sequence about the life of a grand piano. Other poems deal with childhood, leaving home and first love; a park in Kent and a wood in Suffolk; an old photograph of the Strand and Louis Armstrong's first solo; the London bombers of 2005; and, finally, two old friends recalled in very different elegies. Meditative, wry, melancholy and celebratory, this is Neil Powell at his most versatile and memorable.

Turbulent Foresters

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
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ISBN : 1783277076
Pages : 486 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (783 users)

Download or read book Turbulent Foresters written by Brian Short and published by Boydell & Brewer. This book was released on 2022-05-24 with total page 486 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A richly detailed history of Ashdown Forest -- home of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Was and Is

Publisher : Carcanet Press Ltd
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ISBN : 1784102334
Pages : 278 pages
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Download or read book Was and Is written by Neil Powell and published by Carcanet Press Ltd. This book was released on 2017-01-15 with total page 278 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: There are two kinds of Collected Poems, one of which presents an author’s work exactly as it first appeared volume-by-volume. This is the other sort. In preparing this volume, Neil Powell has returned to his poems of the past fifty years and arranged them as nearly as possible in chronological order of completion. Some poems from previous volumes have been set aside, while others hitherto unpublished or uncollected have been introduced. The resulting book is partly the narrative of a lifetime in which certain themes, seen in changing lights, recur: landscape and seascape, music and poetry, friendship and the deaths of friends. Ranging from the playful to the elegiac, these poems now resonate with each other in new and unexpected ways.

Aestheticism & Modernism

Publisher : Psychology Press
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ISBN : 9780415351683
Pages : 460 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (351 users)

Download or read book Aestheticism & Modernism written by Richard Danson Brown and published by Psychology Press. This book was released on 2005 with total page 460 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Textbook introduction to key debates from the early twentieth century to modernisms emerging between First and Second World Wars. Examines in detail texts by Chekhov, Mansfield, Gibbon, Eliot, Woolf, Brecht and Okigbo.

Mary, Countess of Derby, and the Politics of Victorian Britain

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
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ISBN : 0198786255
Pages : 213 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (198 users)

Download or read book Mary, Countess of Derby, and the Politics of Victorian Britain written by Jennifer Davey and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2019 with total page 213 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Lady Mary Derby (1824-1900) occupied a pivotal position in Victorian politics, yet her activities have largely been overlooked or ignored. This volume provides a rich investigation of how a woman, with few legal or constitutional rights, was able to become a significant figure in mid-Victorian political life.