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Blenheim and the Churchill Family: A Personal Portrait [Hardcover]

Duke of Marlborough , Henrietta Spencer-Churchill , Alexandra Parsons
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26 Sep 2005
About Blenheim written by one of the Spencer-Churchill family, this book is filled with anecdotes, gossip, and intrigue, tracing the story of a glamorous dynasty from 1700 to modern times. This story pieced together from the family archives, shows how the personalities of each Duke and Duchess influenced the progress of the great house.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cico Books; 1st edition (26 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904991149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904991144
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is the daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and spent her childhood surrounded by the exquisite architecture of Blenheim Palace. She lives in London and Woodstock, and runs the highly successful interiors company Woodstock Designs. She is the author of eight books, including Georgian Style and Design, Classic Interior Design and Classic Design Styles, all available from CICO. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars simply superb!!! 3 Dec 2005
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I recently saw that a famous London bookseller listed this book under his section of "Very important publications". Well, as I am not really sure what such kind of publications is, I would not use this term. For me this book is just mere pleasure... simply superb.
The author is Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, daughter of the present Duke of Marlborough and a famous interior designer. So a Spencer-Churchill is writing about her own family seat and her own family. Well, this could go either way: she could adopt the approach of mere glorification or damnation depending on her experiences or a sympathetic description from the inside without hiding less glorious periods in the family history.
I feel that Lady Henrietta has taken the last approach. Through that her family history, the development of Blenheim as a stately home and a house and home for a family becomes really alive. Her passages on the various personalities of this family are well written and informative.
Of course, the house and garden feature largely in this book. Just fascinating stuff. The chapters are not too long which I find appealing as I am not really interested in the history of every single stone (if you know what I mean). This sometimes makes rather tedious reading. Lady Henrietta spares us this. So she keeps the right balance. Of course, one can spot that she views her family home with the eyes of an interior designer. For me just perfect.
5 stars for this marvelous book. A great treat!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 11 Feb 2013
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Beautiful book for Churchill fans and anyone interested in stately homes. A very nice gift for someone or for your own coffee table.
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By Timothy C. Wingate - Published on
I received this book as a gift and it has been read and looked at many, many times. The photographs by Andreas von Einsiedel and Geoff Dann are stunning and show the splendours of Blenheim Palace in all their ancient glory.

There is an informative genealogical table and the bibliography is short but informative - especially when the author used Marian Fowlers book, Blenheim: Biography of a Palace (1991) as a source.

This is the perfect coffe table book and would make a glorious Christmas or Hannukah gift.

Very highly recommended - especially for the photographs.

Timothy Wingate OTTAWA Canada
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENGLANDS GRANDEST ESTATE 11 Mar 2006
By Shannon Deason - Published on
This is a very good book on a fascinating family and a grand estate. Blenheim is without doubt the grandest of the non royal estates, it really is quite a stack of stones. The history makes the house all the more interesting. From the first Duke of Marlborough to Consuelo Vanderbilt to Winston Churchill, this estate has really seen some history. The images in this book are very good and the text is very well researched. Looking at the sumptuousness of this colosses, it is apparent that Queen Anne was more that a little pleased with the Dukes campaigns against the Sun King, for this estate was much nicer than anything the Crown possessed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More English than the Royals, and more accomplished, 30 April 2006
By Bruce Brocka - Published on
The Spencer-Churchills are a remarkable family. This well-illustrated, handsomely produced account by a member of the family, is a fascinating 400 year social history of this clan.

Meant for a wide audience, this work gives a sneak peek into the private lives of some of England's best, such as John Churchill, the first Duke, and Sir Winston Churchill.

The unique illustrations alone make the book worth buying. A must have for any lover of royalty, Sir Winston, the Stuart Dynasty, English biography, or social history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Oct 2007
By Mary B. King-Stokes - Published on
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Not only does this book have great pictures but Henrietta Churchill-Spender dishes on the gossip about her illustrious ancestors. I was privileged to enjoy a tour of the private quarters of the Duke at Blenheim Palace and lots of the pictures are of parts of his home not always open to the public. There is even a picture of the Duke's favorite old green leather chair. Beautiful book with beautiful pictures of a magnificent home.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading 29 Mar 2010
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Although I initially purchased this book for its sumptuous photographs, the text is fascinating and well-written. Henrietta Spencer-Churchill provides the reader with an insider's view of life throughout the ages at the magnificent Blenheim estate in England. It is an intimate portrayal of both the building and the lives of her ancestors who resided there. It was rather engrossing - at times, reading like a juicy, yet somehow tasteful, modern-day tabloid, with its inclusion of a number of unflattering scandals. This book exceeded my expectations and would make a wonderful gift for your favorite anglophile.
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