The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Book - 2016
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Drawing on thousands of memoirs, unpublished letters and diaries, and the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and bibulous butlers, historian Adrian Tinniswood brings the stately homes of England to life as never before, opening the door onto a world half-remembered, glamorous, shameful at times, and forever wrapped in myth. The Long Weekend revels in the sheer variety of country house life: from King George V poring over his stamp collection at Sandringham to fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley collecting mistresses at ancestral homes across the nation, from Edward VIII entertaining Wallis Simpson at Fort Belvedere to the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, whose wife became obsessed with her pet spaniels. Tinniswood reveals what it was really like to live and work in some of the most beautiful houses the world has ever seen during the last great golden age of the English country home.
In The Long Weekend, acclaimed historian Adrian Tinniswood tells the story of the rise and fall of the English aristocracy through the rise and fall of the great country house. Historically, these massive houses had served as the administrative and social hubs of their communities, but the fallout from World War I had wrought seismic changes on the demographics of the English countryside. In addition to the vast loss of life among the landed class, those staffers who returned to the country estates from the European theater were often horribly maimed, or eager to pursue a life beyond their employers' grounds. New and old estateholders alike clung ever more desperately to the traditions of country living, even as the means to maintain them slipped away.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
ISBN: 9780465098651
Branch Call Number: 728.80942 T59L
Characteristics: xi, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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If you’ve ever fantasized about the great English country houses in the between-the-wars era, this is the book for you. This Long Weekend was included in the
Guardian’s 2016 list of Hidden Gems.

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Feb 23, 2017

This book is mostly about the houses themselves in the south of England, rather than their social life, and their demise. Somewhat boring.

Bunny_Watson716 Sep 26, 2016

Conversational in tone, Tinniswood chronicles the changing times in England's country houses and estates during the times of the first and second world wars. An enjoyable look at an unimaginably lavish lifestyle for the average person.

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