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Author Livingstone, Natalie.

Title The mistresses of Cliveden : three centuries of scandal, power, and intrigue in an English stately home / Natalie Livingstone. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Publication Info. New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 494 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
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Summary "For fans of Downton Abbey comes an immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion--from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking. Built during the reign of Charles II by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden attracted notoriety as a luxurious retreat in which the duke could conduct his scandalous affair with the ambitious courtesan Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, Anna Maria's cuckolded husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, challenged Buckingham to a duel. Buckingham killed Shrewsbury and claimed Anna Maria as his prize, making her the first mistress of Cliveden. Through the centuries, other enigmatic and indomitable women would assume stewardship over the estate, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III, who became one of England's wealthiest women; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, confidante of Queen Victoria and a glittering society hostess turned political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament, who described herself as an 'ardent feminist' and welcomed controversy. Though their privileges were extraordinary, in Livingstone's hands, their struggles and sacrifices are universal. Cliveden weathered renovation and restoration, world conflicts and cold wars, societal shifts and technological advances. Rich in historical and architectural detail, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a tale of sex and power, and of the exceptional women who evaded, exploited, and confronted the expectations of their times; Praise for The Mistresses of Cliveden: 'An utterly fascinating and completely beguiling account of three centuries of high living, high politics, and high drama at one of Britain's most famous stately homes. A page-turner from start to finish, it's history with all the good stuff left in'--Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire; 'A wonderful voyage through the fascinating history of Cliveden--this is a brilliant book full of gripping personalities and beautiful detail'--Kate Williams, author of Ambition and Desire ..."--Provided by publisher.
Note "Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom by Hutchinson, a member of Penguin Random House, London, in 2015"--Copyright page.
Summary The latest mistress of Cliveden traces its history through the stories of its most noteworthy women, including an aristocrat-turned-adulteress, a confidante of Queen Victoria, a German royal who nearly became the Queen of England, and the first female member of Parliament.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-482) and index.
Subject Shrewsbury, Anna Maria Brudenell Talbot, Countess of, 1642-1702.
Villiers, Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney, 1657?-1733.
Augusta, Princess of Wales, 1719-1772.
Sutherland, Harriet Elizabeth Georgiana Leveson-Gower, Duchess of, 1806-1868.
Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess, 1879-1964.
Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess, 1879-1964. (OCoLC)fst00010235
Augusta, Princess of Wales, 1719-1772. (OCoLC)fst00369934
Shrewsbury, Anna Maria Brudenell Talbot, Countess of, 1642-1702. (OCoLC)fst00160108
Sutherland, Harriet Elizabeth Georgiana Leveson-Gower, Duchess of, 1806-1868. (OCoLC)fst01941656
Villiers, Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney, 1657?-1733. (OCoLC)fst00485985
Cliveden (England) -- History.
Cliveden (England) -- Biography.
Cliveden (England) (OCoLC)fst00758198
Women -- England -- Biography.
Nobility -- England -- Biography.
Rich people -- England -- Biography.
Nobility. (OCoLC)fst01038255
Rich people. (OCoLC)fst01097537
Women. (OCoLC)fst01176568
England. (OCoLC)fst01219920
Genre Electronic books.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Livingstone, Natalie. Mistresses of Cliveden New York : Ballantine Books, [2016] 9780553392074 (DLC) 2015049927 (OCoLC)922155428
ISBN 9780553392081 : $65.00
0553392085 : $65.00
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