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Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History [Paperback]

Mark Girouard
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18 Nov 1993
The English country house has flourished over the centuries because of its ability to adapt to the changes in English society. This book is an account of the ways in which the upper-class life style were reflected in the houses in which the wealthy and powerful lived. First published in 1978, this is a history of the English country house from the point of view of its owners and users. Ranging from the Middle Ages to the world of Evelyn Waugh, the author also discusses and illustrates how the life of the upper classes shaped their country hosues, how they entertained and were served, how they ran the country and their estates and how they reconciled personal privacy and public display.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (18 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300058705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300058703
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, easy to read book 27 Mar 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 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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