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

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

by Catherine Bailey

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Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a wealthy family and the history of the coal industry in England. The writing is very readable and fascinating. Tragedy, love stories, betrayals, politics, and more - it was very informative but also absolutely fascinating. This was well worth my time and money. Another great book on the NOOK is the Indie Award winning novel, The Partisan, by William Jarvis. This story is also about a rich to rags story of a family during WWII. It also involves religious leaders. In fact, one of the betrayers was based on an actual member of the Catholic Church. Both books are great. Both deserve A++++++
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Ever since the debut of the popular British TV series, Downtown Abbey, the public has been fascinated with the plight of many aristocratic families as they struggled with societal changes that came about in the aftermath of World War II. This non-fiction book delves deep into one such family and the branches of its family tree.    They say that truth is stranger than fiction. It is very true when it comes to the Fitzwilliam family. There are many storylines in this very true story, the kind of stuff that would make any fiction novel ripe with suspense. First there is the one of the heir who suffers with a mysterious illness (epilepsy) which the family tries to hide. There is a love story between Peter Fitzwilliam and Kathlen Kennedy of the famed American Kennedys that cause deep family rifts due to religious differences. Of course there is an illegitimate birth of a boy when one of the male family members impregnates a serving girl, and the slicing of the child's tongue to impede him from speaking. And did I mention the court battle over who is the true heir, and the doubts of his true identity due to the fact he was born in the wilds of Canada, or how one member was forced into an insane asylum?  Author Catherine Bailey has done a tremendous amount of research and presents it in great detail and imn a very interesting way in this fascinating book.There are numerous historical pictures that help visualize some of the people and occurrences in this factual story. Although it is not fiction, the book is written in a manner that reads easily and is very enjoyable. Definitely fascinating from cover to cover. 
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