Beyond the Gatehouse: The Eccentric Lives of England's Aristocracy
Beyond the Gatehouse is a lighthearted, witty but factual biographical account of the eccentric lifestyles of the builders and residents of some of England’s best-known country houses. Extraordinary buildings require extraordinary people, and over the centuries our historic houses have produced more than their fair share of oddballs. Insulated from the outside world by vast wealth, rolling acres and the social status that a title implies, aristocrats have always been able to amuse themselves – and now us – by pursuing their idiosyncratic interests and manias to the point of eccentricity. David Long lifts the lid on all that’s bizarre, implausible, unthinkable and delightfully wacky about our glorious heritage homes and their unusual occupants.
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