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by Adam Nicolson

eBook Gentry: Six Hundred Years of a Peculiarly English Class ePub
Author: Adam Nicolson
Language: English
ISBN: 0007335504
ISBN13: 978-0007335503
Publisher: HarperPress (2012)
Category: Europe
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
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ePub file: 1702 kb
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My most recent favourite book, 'Gentry' examines a selection of families from this class over the last 600 years through .

Gentry: Six Hundred Years. has been added to your Basket. Nicolson’s fascinating and brilliantly written examination of the gentry across seven centurie. onderfully readable SUNDAY TIMES

Gentry: Six Hundred Years. onderfully readable SUNDAY TIMES. Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He is winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the British Topography Prize and lives at Sissinghust Castle in Kent. This is his sixth book for HarperCollins – his previous five being ‘Earls of Paradise’, ‘Men of Honour’, ‘Sea Room’, ‘Power and Glory’, ‘Seamanship’ and Sissinghurst.

Interesting point that the aristocracy have survived the 20th century's disasters (including democracy!) and still own most of England (the Duke of Westminster who always gets mentioned doesn't appear on Nicolson's list) but the gentry have almost disappeared, while the yeoman farmer has come.

Interesting point that the aristocracy have survived the 20th century's disasters (including democracy!) and still own most of England (the Duke of Westminster who always gets mentioned doesn't appear on Nicolson's list) but the gentry have almost disappeared, while the yeoman farmer has come up. A real case of the squeezed middle.

Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780007335503.

Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families – from the 15th century to the . These folk were the backbone of England. Adam Nicolson’s riveting new book concentrates on fourteen families, from 1400 to the present day.

Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families – from the 15th century to the present day. This sparkling work of history reads like a real-life Downton Abbey, as the loves, hatreds and many times of grief of his chosen cast illuminate the grand events of history.

Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families - from the 15th century to the present day.

Gentry' is first and foremost a wonderful sweep of English history, shedding light on the creation of the distinctive English character but with the sheer readability of an epic novel. Format Paperback 320 pages. This sparkling work o. . From the medieval gung-ho of the Plumpton family to the high-seas adventures of the Lascelles in the eighteenth century, to more modern examples, the book provides a chronological picture of the English, seen through these intimate, passionate, powerful stories of family saga.

Thirty years ago it happened to Adam Nicolson. Aged 21, Nicolson inherited the Shiants, three lonely Hebridean islands set in a dangerous sea off the Isle of Lewis. With only a stone bothy for accommodation and half a million puffins for company, he found himself in charge of one of the most beautiful places on earth. With vivid color and fascinating detail, acclaimed historian Adam Nicolson recounts the story of a century-long power struggle between England's richest family and the English Crown-a fascinating study of divided loyalties, corruption, rights and privilege, and all the ambiguities involved in the exercise and maintenance of power and status.

Adam Nicolson The Gentry Stories of the English For my daughters Contents Cover Title Page Dedication Map . Most of their documents, it is true, have disappeared. Often only one side of a correspondence remains. Sometimes a sequence breaks off without explanation.

Adam Nicolson The Gentry Stories of the English For my daughters Contents Cover Title Page Dedication Map Introduction: Ungentle Gentles Part I: The Inherited. Individual families take up tens of shelf-yards with their title deeds.

Gentry
Hystana
Those of us who love English history and culture often think first of the monarchy and then of the grand potentates of the aristocracy. Adam Nicolson's deep research into the gentry class - their rise from yeomanry and their inevitable(?) fall back into obscurity - makes the case that when we think of "England" more often than not the picture we have in mind is of the gentry and the homes they built and managed. The subjects of this book are referred to as "the bedrock," "the middle zone of English society," "a lesson in survival," "the heart of Englishness." And, a good case is made for their importance over time.

The author's use of deep research into the history and archives of a dozen specific families over seven centuries both demonstrates his thesis of the importance of the gentry "class" and personalizes a vast sweep of English history. And, it's just plain fun to read!

Nicholson's literary cred descends from his famous grandparents but is built on his own ability to tell a good story, to build a fun read. I first met him through "Sissinghurst: an Unfinished History" (the story of the travails of his own gentry family working / struggling with the National Trust to protect their personal view of their family's long time home). "Gentry" broadens the thesis of "Sissinghurst" and makes an important contribution to English history.

I first bought "Gentry" as a new paperback and quickly found I liked it well enough to order a used hardback copy. My only criticism, is that photographs (or contemporary drawings) of each house would have greatly enhanced the read. As it is the apparently generic line drawings that precede every house do not provide a visual understanding of the buildings being addressed. Nicolson is a good enough writer that he deserves this additional publishing expense.
Opithris
The author demonstrates his mastery of material with this survey of the British gentry. It is very insightful, splendidly well written and was a joy to read. It tracks representative families across time, from the late Middle Ages to the present. The author shows the forces that helped shape this distinctive class and the challenges they faced. All too often, this class gets lumped into studies of the aristocracy. Nicolson vividly demonstrates how this approach fails to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges/pressures the gentry faced from above and below. The added bonus is how beautifully written it is!
Iseared
Well I was looking to be educated but I also like to be entertained, I have not been disappointed. This is a gathering of great stories gleaned from dusty records and presented dramatically. Wealth and penury, the rise and fall of the English gentry through the ages as presented in the daily lives of real families. Their struggles to retain position, to raise the family profile through thick and thin through wars and political strife and in many cases with no small degree of skulduggery. A great read, an easy read, a pleasure, can I have some more.
Voodoolkree
Great book, I enjoyed it immensely.
Deodorant for your language
I don't quite know how this author does it, but he has the most incredible ability to grip your interest so that you can't put the book down, while also enriching your life with his poetic and profound observations. Another wonderful book by Adam Nicolson.
Erennge
Nicolson took what could have been dull diaries and family account records, combined them with historical figures and events, and built them into fascinating, novel-like stories of individual gentry families and the part they played in the culture and development of England. Any one of the individual gentry stories could be made into a full length novel without much trouble.
Dorintrius
A most intimate portrait of a social group, with its values, and keys to sucsess and failure. Each chapter with a new period, a new family and a new setting. Based on letters and other facts, and as well written as a set of short stories.
An opportunity to read a part of history that has become part of our everyday lives, as it was made and understand in clear and simple terms
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