The Big House in Ireland

The Big House in Ireland


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"...fascinating...Cram-full of primary sources, skillfully organized...a valuable work of social history. It is also an entertaining, compelling first-hand account of the Irish Ascendancy through four centuries that, without romanticizing its subject, nevertheless realizes vigorously its unique flavor."-House & Garden

For nearly 400 years, the big country house has dominated the Irish landscape and imagination. Two best-selling authors follow the splendor and the decline of these estates, with sumptuous artwork and photographs; information on the colorful figures involved in constructing these homes; and illuminating writings from such notables as Jonathan Swift. Every idiosyncratic detail from the inhabitants' lives comes across: including the particulars of Irish class relationships, the passion for country sports, the landowner's role in the potato famine, and the "troubles" today.

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ISBN-13: 9781841881591
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/1902
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.34(w) x 11.42(h) x 0.64(d)

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