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The Devonshires - The Story of a Family and a Nation

Roy Hattersley

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Genres:

History

Description:

The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381 - when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant's Revolt - to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire's resignation brought down the Tory government: the family's fortunes (and misfortunes) mirrored the life of the nation. The Devonshires is also the story of the huge support networks of servants and labour needed to sustain the supremacy of a family whose accumulated wealth, from the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the coming of the railways, saw them found ship ports, holiday resorts, scientific laboratories, stud farms and some of the most significant buildings in the land. For this new history, Hattersley has been given unique access to the archives, based at Chatsworth, the family seat. The Devonshires is as rich and ravishing a read as Hattersley's bestselling The Edwardians. Whereas previous books on the Devonshires have dealt with one or two key figures, Hattersley gathers the dynasty in one place: an astonishing accumulation of scientists, soldiers, patrons, politicians, house builders, racehorse breeders, philanderers, and powerful women. The huge personalities in the Devonshire story, and the vibrant details that Hatterley uncovers, make for a lively and illuminating path in to the political, social and cultural changes that England has endured and enjoyed. Brilliantly researched, this is delicious popular history at its very best.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Jayston

Length:

21h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:14:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:11:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

52:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

51:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

50:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

45:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:02:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:08:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:16:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:01:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:08:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:02:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

46:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:02:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

32:15