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Stately Passions: The Scandals of Britain's Great Houses Hardcover – 2 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; First Edition edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843171546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843171546
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Douglas-Home is a freelance journalist and author. He is a son of the late playwright (the Hon.) William Douglas-Home, and the nephew of the late Tory politician and former Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. J. Hale on 7 Dec. 2012
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oh dear me, this is truly awful. I found two glaring errors in the first few chapters. Mary Queen of Scots' husband, the french dauphin did not die of a brain tumour, but more likely meningitis brought on by a chronic ear infection. William III was not married to James Ii sister but his daughter Mary. I know this is meant as a fun book but at least get your facts straight Mr Douglas-Hume or hire a researcher. A poor and cynical piece of trash, written to make easy money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mo on 15 Jan. 2013
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Very interesting to see how 'the other half' live!! It felt like you were getting juicy gossip from a reliable source and being allowed through the doors of the good and the great!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Granny on 10 Jun. 2014
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Interesting, but, as with all books like this, I often lost track of who was related to whom and who was bedding whom - which seemed to be an amazing number! A long and steady checklist of heterosexual adulterers, homosexuals and those that fell into both these categories. Throughout history - up to at least WW2 - illegitimate children suffered enormous social stigma in the UK, whereas the aristocracy had no such problem and procreated at their leisure and in large number !! It basically showed the upper classes as rich wastrels who lived a totally egocentric lifestyle with little regard to the rest of the population.
No matter what I paid for this book I objected to it ending when only 65% through - the remaining 35% being reference notes on each chapter. With Kindles I am not going to keep clicking forward to see each reference and by the time I've finished the book the references are somewhat immaterial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Archibald on 8 Dec. 2012
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Their behaviour comes as no surprise but it made me aware of how widespread it was and is. For such a class to claim superiority is odd,giving their titles etc were often began by fornicating with all and sundry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fengirl on 24 May 2013
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All the things that your history teacher wouldn't tell you! No bad language, spot on editing.... I don't regard myself as competent to comment on the research; but, whatever - it made for a good tale. I was going to give the book 5* but at around 68% the book ended and the rest was notes. My Kindle wouldn't access the notes from the links and by the time that I got to them I had lost interest. Well worth a read though
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Nowadays the lives of the rich and famous are open to public scrutiny so much that we feel we might be more like them, if we but had their money. The people discussed in this book are beyond that sheen of mere celebrity. This book details the scandals that went on amongst Old Money, in palaces, castles and stately homes around the country. it's more than a social glimpse into people's lives and homes, it's a piece of history, wrapped up in the juicy tid bits of posh gossip. It's very well annotated and reads comfortably; it would make a good standard history text book for today's jaded and worldly pupils, as well as anybody older who has an interest in high society and the social and political machinations that go on whilst we are busy looking at footballers and pop stars.
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I fear that guide books to Stately homes would be more informative and better researched than this volume. Despite, the sales pitch of the publishers, the author did not seem to really know his subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jean stoddart on 8 Oct. 2014
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Well researched but gets a bit tedious in the recounting of the lives of the (so called ) great and and leading figures of the land
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