The Dukes: Origins, Ennoblement and History of 26 Families Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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"Excellent mightily researched and readable. Absorbing through so many pages" (Scotsman)
"Splendidly painstaking and enormously readable" (Arthur Marshall New Statesman)
"With a keen sense of precedence and an admirable grasp of the British peerage system, he darts from duke to duke... racing up and down the genealogies" (The Economist)
'An excellent book. I found it completely fascinating, with new and delightful information on every page' - Auberon WaughSee all Product Description
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As in most "common" families and any good story, fiction or non-fiction, there are good and bad guys. Sure there are some flaws in the system, but the author is telling a history not writing a political commentary.
If you enjoy reading about British history, both the sinners and the saints, this book spans the centuries and introduces you to some of the lesser known individuals who helped shape the United Kingdom.
If you want a general starter book on Dukes it's ok, but you'll need a more detailed book on individual families if you want a more detailed account of each Ducal house.
It gives the general history, focussing primarily on the titles creation, with little to no information on the houses and artwork these Dukes own.
While BBC's Sceptered Isle's Dynasties was quite boring, Master's Dukes focusses on the - sometimes eccentric - characters of the nobles.
Examples are the mad Duchess of Albemarle, who thought she had married the Emperor of China, the Duke of Portland with his underground ballroom, library and stables, and Britain's most silly Prime Minister ever; the 1st Duke of Newcastle. Sad were the stories of Susan, daugher of a Duke of Newcastle, who eloped with the mad Lord Adolphus Vane, the life of lonely Hastings Russell of Bedford, and the Duke of Roxburgh, who wasn't allowed to marry his great love, because her younger sister had married the King.
I can recommend this book to anyone interested in Brittish nobility.
I found it interesting and useful that various Dukedoms that have become extinct were included.
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While I enjoyed reading this book I think it was overpriced I hadn't realised just how out of date it would be when ordering,if I had I would have thought twicePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Love to read
A very interesting and well-written book. More than a history, it is a short autobiography of each of the ducal families. RecommendedPublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by Ken
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