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Description - Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard

A fascinating insight into 18th century aristocratic life through the lives of the four Lennox sisters, the great grandchildren of Charles II, whose extraordinary lives spanned the period 1740-1832. Passionate, witty and moving, the voices of the Lennox sisters reach us with immediacy and power, drawing the reader into their remarkable lives, and making this one of the most enthralling historical narratives to appear for many years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099477112
ISBN-10: 0099477114
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard

UK Kirkus Review » Stella Tillyard, author of Aristocrats, says that her intention was to marry biography and history, and this she has most triumphantly done. In her splendid book Tillyard records the personal histories of four sisters, daughters of the Duke of Richmond. She tells the tale - and, like a novel, this is truly a tale - of four devoted sisters, Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox, who all were at the centre of important families and events from 1740-1832. One shocked her parents by eloping with a none-too-scrupulous politician; another married a Duke by whom she had 19 children before having two more by their tutor; a third, the wife of an immensely rich Irishman, went to live in a house with 46 servants; the fourth, with whom George III had been much in love, married a baronet and had an illegitimate child before she was divorced. Though the Lennox sisters were the Duke of Richmond's daughters, and great-granddaughters of Charles II, this in itself might not merit this work of considerable scholarship, but as well as wealth, titles and fine marriages they were inveterate and intelligent writers of letters, and these form the basis for a remarkable insight into a world that emerges as both relevant and extraordinarily distant from the present. Politics, adultery, gossip, arts and philosophy intertwine, but the broad sweep of history is set off by the social history culled from innumerable household accounts. Yet what becomes riveting is not even the covering of so much political and social history in a fluent and lively way, though that is fascinating enough, so much as the poignant and intimate charting of what sisterhood meant to the Lennox women. They thought of each other all the time and in disaster wanted always to help each other and be together. Each emerges distinct and unusual but it is the collective portrait of their relationship, framed by often tumultuous events, which gives this book its brilliance. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Stella Tillyard

Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as 'dazzling...a phenomenally gifted writer'. Her books include Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox,1740-1832; Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798, A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings, and, most recently, Tides of War, longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. She has lived in the USA and Italy and now lives in London.

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