Splendour and Squalor by Marcus Scriven
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Splendour and Squalor
By Marcus Scriven

Splendour and Squalor

The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties Main

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Splendour and Squalor by Marcus Scriven

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They were the black sheep of aristocracy and this is their story. From stately homes to the prisons of wartime Britain; from the House of Lords to Edwardian asylums; from the Ritz and the Dorchester to East End dives, Splendour and Squalor tells the fascinating stories of three of Britain's most illustrious aristocratic dynasties and of the black sheep who brought them down.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843541257
ISBN-10: 1843541254
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Splendour and Squalor by Marcus Scriven - Reviewed by (02 Jan 2017)


An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Whenever one hears mention of the aristocracy we want the juicy and sordid bits please (at least that is what the tabloids tell the working classes). So, there is nothing like a dabble in the ‘horrible histories’ department of our peers to get the full facts of the situation. And here we have it with “Splendour and Squalor” by the excellent and diligent writer, Marcus Scriven.

Our reviews are not spoilers so read the book! Christopher Hart’s splendid review writes: “we all have some idea of what a proper English aristocrat should look like borne along by a supreme sense of entitlement, never saying thank you, fearless in the saddle or on the battlefield, inbred, emotionally disconnected and as mad as a hatter”. Well then, all the usual traits are here to character-assassinate a cross...

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Author Biography - Marcus Scriven

Marcus Scriven read history at Oxford before becoming a journalist, initially at the Sunday Telegraph, then at the Evening Standard. He is a leading contributor to Channel 4's documentary on Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, which broadcast in spring 2009. Splendour & Squalor is his first book.

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