Posted by Carolyn on November 13, 1997 at 08:23:50:
I found some books that I thought might interest people last week at a used bookstore.
The first one is The House, Living at Chatsworth by the Duchess of Devonshire, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1982, New York.
I picked this up because JA's Pemberley is said to be based on this house. In the intro the author describes it thus
But there is a quality about the place which makes it out of the ordinary. Perhaps the giant scale has something to do with it or perhaps it is the scenery; a classic mixture of wild and domestic: moor, rocks and bracken descending through woods to grazing lands and quiet rivers.....The house looks permanent...It fits it landscape exactly.
Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it?
The books includes a brief history of the family and a family tree (near the bottom of the family tree was the mention of a daughter, Emma, who married a Tobias Tennant!)
It also includes more importantly, a grand tour of the house. Going from room to room, there two accounts given for each room, one from the 6th "Bachelor" Duke (1790-1858), who renovated/redecorated the house in the 19th cent. and an account from the current Duchess, from her own renovations. Most of the rooms have a photograph, and there are a few full color photo's throughout the book.
Also about the Devonshires The Serpant & the Stag by John Pearson, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1983, New York.
ISBN:0-03-055431-4. This is a family history from the founder of the family, Bess of Hardwicke in the 1500's, through the current Duke.
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