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Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History Hardcover – 1 Jul 1978


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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (1 July 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300022735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300022735
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
An absolute diamond of a book. As a student of art history I have to read a lot of boring text books. Girouards style of writing is fun, factual and far from boring. His descriptions of events and places are fantastic you could almost believe you were there. While he brings humour to the subject he does not belittle it. A very enjoyable, informative read and definately a must have for anyone interested in or studying the history of the English Country house
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Hawker on 6 Oct. 2008
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I agree with the other review. In this, and in an earlier book about Victorian houses, Mark Girouard devised the way to write the history of the country house. He traces its architectural development, but also explains the complexities of its ever-changing social organisation. All Girouard's books are very well-researched and clearly-written and he has a great eye for unusual and interesting detail. This is one of his best: delightful to read, beautifully illustrated and funny. I recommend it highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Stockdale on 12 Oct. 2011
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This is the single most important book ever written on the architectural history of English Country Houses, and as such is indispensable to anyone interested in the subject.
Its publication came as a bombshell into a world largely occupied with the doings of the 5th Earl, or the colour of the new Drawing Room curtains.
Easy to read, shatteringly well-researched, immensely informative with fine illustrations, a masterpiece.
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