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Black Diamonds - The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England

Catherine Bailey

Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England's aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail that Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a compelling chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than three billion dollars in today's money-a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals, and civil unrest, as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head.

Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England's aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail that Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a compelling chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than three billion dollars in today's money-a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals, and civil unrest, as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head.
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History

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Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England's aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail that Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a compelling chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than three billion dollars in today's money-a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals, and civil unrest, as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gareth Armstrong

Length:

15h 14m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

50:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

29:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

40:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

39:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

45:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

48:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

27:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

37:46