Champagne and Shambles
The Arkwrights & the Country House in Crisis
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Champagne and Shambles by Catherine Beale
Book Description"Land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up." - Oscar Wilde, 1895. "I am in an awful state of depression which nothing but champagne can remove." - Johnny Arkwright, 1870. Six months after his mother's death, the heir to Hampton Court was struggling to find the money to pay his brothers their inheritance. But things were about to get a whole lot worse. Johnny's words could have served as the death-knell chorus for his entire social class between 1870 and the First World War - the years of champagne and shambles. In January 1870, Johnny Arkwright was the largest landowner in Herefordshire. But in the second half of the nineteenth century everything changed. From the extravagant processions and balls which celebrated his coming of age, to facing financial ruin at his own son's birthday and the eventual sale of the estate, this book shows, through the example of a prominent family, the downfall of the landed classes. It was a bloodless revolution - born of democracy, fed by the farmer's oldest enemy, the weather, supported by market forces and anti-landlordism - but it was a revolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750943925
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Catherine Beale
Champagne & Shambles, Paperback (October 2009)
Intended for those who have visited country houses in Britain and wondered why they ceased to be homes, this title uses the real-life period drama of Johnny Arkwright (1833-1905) to illustrate how landowners saw their world disintegrate and disappear. It rescues our national treasures from nostalgia and repopulates them with real people.
Death by Design, Paperback (September 2009)
At the outbreak of war in 1939 British tank crews were ill-equipped, under trained and badly led. This book is a warning to governments and military planners: a nation must always be prepared to defend itself and ensure that its soldiers are equipped with the tools to do so.
Great Mistake, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Catherine Beale
On 4 September 1944, the British 11th Armoured Division entered Antwerp, capturing the docks intact with Belgian assistance
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Author Biography - Catherine Beale
Catherine Beale has worked as a historian since 1995. She has written articles for Garden History, Country Life, Hortus and the Hereford Times, conducted historical and garden tours, and given talks to various groups.
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