The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-century England

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Penguin, 2007 - 570 páginas
The remarkable story of one English family during the tumultuous seventeenth century, as revealed through their original letters and documents, which paint an extraordinarily accurate and detailed picture of life in England, Europe, and even the American colonies.

"To know the Verneys is to know the seventeenth century," Adrian Tinniswood writes in this brilliant new book. The Verney family's centuries-long practice of saving every piece of paper that came into their possession-amassing some 100,000 pages of family and estate letters and documents-resulted in the largest and most complete private collection of seventeenth-century correspondence in the Western world to date.

Given exclusive access to these documents, Tinniswood draws a sweeping portrait of the Verneys and the world among Buckinghamshire gentry in which they lived. In vivid detail Tinniswood introduces us to generations of the family: We meet Edmund Verney, King Charles I's standard bearer, who died in battle during the English Civil War in 1642 (his hand still clutching the king's standard). Edmund's son and heir, Ralph, struggled to hold the family together after his father's death, but lost the respect of his brothers and sisters because he alone of the family supported the Parliamentarian cause. Parliament, however, suspicious of his royalist connections, hounded him and his family into exile. Ralph's sons fared both better and worse than their father: Jack went to Syria and made a fortune, while Edmund married a girl who was rich, beautiful, and deeply in love with him-but within months of the marriage she succumbed to insanity.

Rigorously researched, intensely insightful, and alive with drama, The Verneysis narrative history at its very best: fascinating, surprising, and enthralling.
 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - lsg - LibraryThing

This was an extremely impressive book. The author made copious use of the letters and other documents from the Verney family, but also supplemented that with extensive research into social aspects of ... Leer comentario completo

THE VERNEYS: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England

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Absorbing chronicle of a prominent 17th-century English family. With characteristic aplomb, British architectural historian Tinniswood (By Permission of Heaven, 2004, etc.) adjusts his gaze to focus ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Map of the British Isles xi
1
Francis Turns Turk
15
Venturous Knights
35
Sufficient Intellectuals
57
A Little Fading Honor
95
The Best of Men
118
Fortunes Wheel Is Ever Turning
137
This World Is Full of Changes
157
Is Mend Me or End Me
319
Perfect Empress of My Heart
336
All the Physic in the World
355
She Doth Not Rave
379
The Levant Trader
396
Natural Bias
421
Good Husbandry
446
Without Escutcheons
466

2
160
Mischief
231
Oh My My Dear Dear
253
Giro dItalia
273
MUN AND JACK
297
None but Princes
299
He Grows Weary
490
Notes
513
Bibliography
545
Index
558
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Adrian Tinniswood has lectured at several British universities, and was for many years a consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. He is the author of more than a dozen books on architectural and social history, and is known on both sides of the Atlantic as an author, lecturer, broadcaster, and respected academic.

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