Mistress of the House: Great Ladies and Grand Houses 1670-1830

Mistress of the House: Great Ladies and Grand Houses 1670-1830


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In the 18th and 19th centuries, to become Mistress of the House was the natural prospect of women born into Britain’s wealthy aristocratic families. An advantageous marriage would bring with it an important ancestral home—a visible expression of power, prestige, and good taste. Rosemary Baird introduces us to ten of these remarkable women, detailing their accomplishments in the creation and running of Britain’s great houses. We also learn about their education and training, the marriage market, and their obligations as leaders of fashion, interior design, and society. Based on diaries, letters, and family archives, Mistress of the House is a fascinating work of social history. Rosemary Baird was educated at Cambridge and Oxford; a former consultant at Sotheby’s, she is now Curator of the Goodwood Collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753817711
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Author's Prefacexiii
1The Feminine Touch1
2Love and Strategy7
3Ritual, Routine and Obligation27
4House Beautiful47
5Collector and Protector, Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, 1649-173472
6Restoration Drama, Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale, 1626-9893
7The Political Hostess, Caroline Lennox, Baroness Holland, 1723-74112
8The Height of Fashion, Mary Blount, Duchess of Norfolk, 1701-73132
9Dynastic Determination, Elizabeth Griffin, Countess of Portsmouth, 1691-1762155
10Equal Eminences, Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Northumberland, 1716-76164
11Bluestocking Bravado, Elizabeth Robinson, Mrs Montagu, 1720-1800188
12Landed With the Past, Theresa Robinson, Mrs John Parker, 1745-75220
13Seclusion in Scotland, Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon, 1749-1812237
14Regency Disdain, Elizabeth Howard, Duchess of Rutland, 1780-1825258
Relevant Houses Open to the Public343

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