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5.0 out of 5 stars engaging, informative, evocative and entertaining, 9 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832 (Paperback)
This is a very well-researched account of the lives of the four eldest Lennox sisters, who between them survived for almost a century at a time of great change in both Britain and Europe generally. Stella Tillyard draws together the correspondence of the sisters, their friends and relations, to build up a picture of their lives within the context of the major events of the time. The narrative races along, with frequent reference to the many photographs and paintings which appear in the book. This assists the visualisation of the characters who appear and of the locations in which they lived. I read the book while the recent BBC adaptation was being shown and was charmed to find that the script had relied heavily not so much on the book but on the text of the letters. The characters are not perfect, or dry and dusty. They are emotional, wilful, argumentative and frequently very badly-behaved, but they are the more engaging for having their flaws examined as closely as their merits. I look forward to reading more by the same author, and more about the 18th century. Even if you've never read anything about Georgian London or Ireland, you will find much to enjoy in this book, and it may lead you to discover more about the period generally.
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