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Acres And Heirlooms: The Survival Of Britain's Historic Estates
English country life in this century is tinged with the golden glow of memory. In a fascinating examination of the demise of the great landed estates and the way landowners adapted to their new circumstances Beard tells the true story.
Unknown Binding, 210 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Routledge
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Little more than a century ago, Britain ruling class — which is to say its landowning class — were united by common life experiences: Early life in the same public schools under the same headmasters, followed by three years at Oxford or Cambridge, then a stint as an army officer in the appropriate regiment, all of it leavened by foxhunting and cricket (or pig-sticking and polo if you were in India). They shared a particular way of speaking, a certain set of political and religious views, and an ...more