Winchester writes of the peculiarly English tradition of handing law-making ability to people who have had the simple good fortune of being born into the right family. He travels the height and breadth of the British Isles in search of many of these Lords, Earls, Dukes, Viscounts, and other titled peers. Some are eccentric, many are generous, a few are resigned to their duties, while one was even helped by his fellow upper-class in the cover-up of murder. The book was actually challenged for publication by peers who did not want to be “exposed” while others championed the cause. Winchester deftly explores the subject mining anecdotes such as the necessity for the ultra-wealthy in Scotland to eat their porridge standing up and also to serve their cheese with a scoop rather than a knife.
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About the Author
Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Timesbestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 2006. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Hometown:New York; Massachusetts; Scotland
Date of Birth:September 28, 1944
Place of Birth:London, England
Education:M.A., St. Catherine¿s College, Oxford, 1966
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Their Noble Lordships: How to Tell a Duke From an Earl...And Other Mysteries Solved based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I got interested in English nobility and all the intricate details after reading a few Regency novels. I never knew how it all worked, and this book provided great info!