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Blenheim: Biography of a Palace
A popular biography of the greatest English house from its conception and building in the opening decade of the eighteenth century to the burial of Winston Churchill in the early 1960s. Using the vast Blenheim papers (now in the British Museum) together with local Oxfordshire documents and archives Marian Fowler has been able to trace the history not just of its famous inh ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Viking Books
(first published 1990)
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I'm hopefully going to visit Blenheim this winter so wanted a bit of background. This book was fantastic, more like a novel than a biography. It gave such a detailed description of all the people who have lived there, a real insight into their characters and lifestyles. IT will be so much more interesting seeing all the portraits and tapestries now knowing so much about all the subjects. The books made the Palace itself the main character, giving it real heart and soul. I thoroughly enjoyed read ...more
Marian Fowler holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and was the recipient of the Canadian Biography Award. She has taught at York University and is the author of a number of books, including In a Gilded Cage, Below the Peacock Fan, The Embroidered Tent, Blenheim and The Way She Looks Tonight. She lives in Toronto.More about Marian Fowler...