The Mistresses of Cliveden

The Mistresses of Cliveden
Author: Natalie Livingstone
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780553392081
Available:
Release: 2016-06-14
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For fans of Downton Abbey comes an immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion—from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor’s current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking. Built during the reign of Charles II by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden attracted notoriety as a luxurious retreat in which the duke could conduct his scandalous affair with the ambitious courtesan Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, Anna Maria’s cuckolded husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, challenged Buckingham to a duel. Buckingham killed Shrewsbury and claimed Anna Maria as his prize, making her the first mistress of Cliveden. Through the centuries, other enigmatic and indomitable women would assume stewardship over the estate, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III, who became one of England’s wealthiest women; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, confidante of Queen Victoria and a glittering society hostess turned political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament, who described herself as an “ardent feminist” and welcomed controversy. Though their privileges were extraordinary, in Livingstone’s hands, their struggles and sacrifices are universal. Cliveden weathered renovation and restoration, world conflicts and cold wars, societal shifts and technological advances. Rich in historical and architectural detail, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a tale of sex and power, and of the exceptional women who evaded, exploited, and confronted the expectations of their times. Praise for The Mistresses of Cliveden “Theatrical festivities, political jockeying and court intrigues are deftly described with a verve and attention to domestic comforts that show the author at her best. . . . [Livingstone’s] portraits of strenuous and assertive women who resisted subjection, sometimes deploying their sexual allure to succeed, on other occasions drawing on their husband’s wealth, are astute, spirited, and empathetic.”—The Wall Street Journal “Missing Downton Abbey already? This tome promises ‘three centuries of scandal, power, and intrigue’ and Natalie Livingstone definitely delivers.”—Good Housekeeping “Lively . . . The current chatelaine—the author herself—deserves no small credit for keeping the house’s legend alive. . . . Any of her action-filled chapters would merit a mini-series.”—The New York Times Book Review “Though the personal tales and tidbits are fascinating, and the sensational details of these women’s lives will intrigue Downton Abbey devotees, the real star of the story is Cliveden.”—Booklist “Lovers of modern English history and the scandals that infiltrated upper-crust society will find much to enjoy in this work.”—Library Journal

The Freemason s Chronicle

The Freemason s Chronicle
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: CORNELL:31924069234965
Available:
Release: 1900
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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St Stephen s Review

St  Stephen s Review
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: HARVARD:32044092746361
Available:
Release: 1889
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Temple Bar

Temple Bar
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105119107550
Available:
Release: 1891
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Saturday Review of Politics Literature Science and Art

The Saturday Review of Politics  Literature  Science and Art
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: HARVARD:32044092859156
Available:
Release: 1879
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Saturday Review of Politics Literature Science Art and Finance

The Saturday Review of Politics  Literature  Science  Art  and Finance
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UIUC:30112003245393
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Release: 1879
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Garden

The Garden
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UCAL:C2579668
Available:
Release: 1873
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: NYPL:33433096096304
Available:
Release: 1882
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Kelly s directory of Berkshire Bucks and Oxon

Kelly s directory of Berkshire  Bucks and Oxon
Author: Kelly's directories, ltd
Pages: 329
ISBN: OXFORD:590557627
Available:
Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Saturday Review0

Saturday Review0
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: BSB:BSB11381307
Available:
Release: 1879
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Mr Pitt and America s Birthright

Mr  Pitt and America s Birthright
Author: J. C. Long
Pages: 329
ISBN:
Available:
Release: 1940
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Books and Bookmen

Books and Bookmen
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105015541027
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Release: 1959
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015079609155
Available:
Release: 1976
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents extended reviews of noteworthy books, short reviews, essays and articles on topics and trends in publishing, literature, culture and the arts. Includes lists of best sellers (hardcover and paperback).

The Mankind Quarterly

The Mankind Quarterly
Author: Council for Social and Economic Studies (U.S.)
Pages: 329
ISBN: IND:30000081042974
Available:
Release: 2000
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom Oakham to Richmond

The Complete Peerage of England  Scotland  Ireland  Great Britain  and the United Kingdom  Oakham to Richmond
Author: George Edward Cokayne
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015005909687
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Release: 1945
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Nancy Astor and Her Friends

Nancy Astor and Her Friends
Author: Elizabeth Coles Langhorne
Pages: 277
ISBN: UOM:39015012284199
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Release: 1974
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Renown

Renown
Author: Frank Olney Hough
Pages: 497
ISBN: UOM:39015059719412
Available:
Release: 1938
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Bulletin

The Bulletin
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: STANFORD:36105008470457
Available:
Release: 1980
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Show

Show
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015037039297
Available:
Release: 1963-07
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: WISC:89060436714
Available:
Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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