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Felbrigg: The Story of a House Hardcover – 28 Jul 1976

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; New edition edition (28 July 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851150713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851150710
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Misc. Supplies
This is a beautiful little book, written by a learned, thoughtful man with a genuine feeling for his subjects. It is fallacious to expect that people brought up in beautiful settings necessarily know anything about them, but the author of this book knows a very great deal and has made it his business to find out all he can. However he wears his learning lightly.

Ketton-Cremer knew what medieval sedilia were, what happened to them in the chapel at Fellbrigg, and what role the family of Anna Thellusson (who has a tomb in that chapel) played in English history. He is very familiar with the Pastern Papers, and quotes amusingly from them (but not too lengthily). His architectural descriptions of the house he eventually inherited are delicate and precise.

For me, however, the most memorable passage in the book concerns the author's own brother, who died, as we are told in a powerfully charged chapter ending, on Crete during the last war.

Felbrigg's story is, in fact, full of sadness and subtly demonstrates the vanity of human wishes - love ruined by disease, inherited conditions, and shame, and - perhaps - the arduous responsibility of caring for a lovely, fragile property on one's own, with all one's dearest family gone.

There are lots of books about greater and lesser stately homes, but most of them are dull and prolix without being in any way instructive. This one is a memorable exception, and a gem to be treasured.
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I was delighted to find this copy on Amazon.co.uk. Perfectly described and in mint condition. This is a wonderful story of a once great home. Ketton Cremer does justice to Felbrigg and the interesting families who took possession of it. Accompanied by useful photographs that give the reader an insight into the personalities and exquisite furnishings. Sadly times have done away with such homes and such interesting eccentricities as one finds threaded throughout Ketton-Cremer's account. One of my greatest finds! Highly recommended for anyone interested in the stately homes of England.
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By GM on 15 April 2016
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Bought as a gift after visiting Felbrigg and found to be interesting.
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interesting story
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