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Roy Hattersley
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8 May 2014

William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I.

With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099554399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099554394
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A vivid read, crowded with characters and colour" (Lucy Lethbridge Observer)

"Jostling with the eccentric and engaging characters from a grand family, Hattersley deftly tells a jaunty story about Britishness through the ages" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)

"A seriously comfortable armchair, a magnificent old duffer of a book that deftly knits together a national story into the fabric of a family drama. It does this with all the warmth and affection for history that mark out a former statesman and a first-class storyteller" (Ian Kelly The Times)

"A balanced look at a traditional tale of aristocratic power and prestige" (Hallie Rubenhold BBC History Magazine)

"This jaunty magnificent book tells the history of Britain just as much as it does of one family" (Daily Express)

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The story of the Devonshires is the story of Britain.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for historians 29 Jun 2014
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a good read if a bit too many dates and battles for my taste would have prefered a more personal story
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A family of interest and importance 9 Oct 2013
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Well done Roy Hattersley. Having read books about Georgiana and Bess, I asked in Chatsworth book shop if they had a book about the whole family. Now there is one. And what an interesting read and so easy to read too. I loved it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Roger
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Anyone who enjoys history will enjoy this book, its not a text book just a really accessable history of a family and through it a glimpse into the times that they lived in.
Well written and entertaining.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANYBODY WHO KNOWS CHATSWORTH 27 Nov 2013
By JB
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I have only just started this book but already I am not disappointed. Having been raised near Chatsworth, as was Roy Hattersley, it was a must for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 28 Dec 2013
By Kim Fan
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Had just visited this house and was therefore interested, also have enjoyed the author's books of his own life and thought I would enjoy this - I did!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devonshires 17 July 2013
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An interesting book - anyone who enjoys reading about real people and their history should buy it and enjoy it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By GT59
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As always in my experience with amazon ... immediate delivery, great condition.
Early indications from the reader suggest the content is excellent... i'll take that as a "she loves it"
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