Aristocrats : power, grace, and decadence : Britain's great ruling classes from 1066 to the present / Lawrence James

Author(s): James, Lawrence, 1943-
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Subjects: Aristocracy (Social class)--Great Britain--History
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
LC Classification: H, HT
Physical Description: ix, 438 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
PART ONE. ASCENDANCY: 1066-1603
1. A Game of Dice: The Growth of Aristocratic Power 9
2. Manners with Virtue: The Cult of Chivalry and the Culture of the Aristocracy 24
3. Their Plenty was Our Scarcity: Resistance 41
4. Weeds Which Must Be Mown Down: The Wars of the Roses 1450-87 49
5. As a True Knight: Honour and Violence and the Wars of the Roses 61
6. In Foolish Submission: Irish and Scottish Aristocracies 76
7. Obeyed and Looked Up to: The Tudors and Their Lords 88
8. Stir Up Your Fame: A New Breed of Noblemen 97
PART TWO. EQUILIBRIUM: 1603-1815
9. I Honour the King as Much as I Love Parliament: The Road to Civil War 111
10. A Circular Motion: Revolution and Restoration 1642-60 125
11. Signal Deliverances: Restoration 1660-85 141
12. The People Assembled and Freely Chose Them: The Glorious Revolution and After 156
13. I'll Share the Fate of My Prince: Jacobites 166
14. Magnificence: Grand Houses and Grand Tours 174
15. Public Character: The Aristocratic Century 1714-1815 186
16. A Fair Kingdom: Fame, Taste and Fashion 204
17. We Come for Pheasants: Peers and Poachers 219
18. A Gang of Ruffians: Americans and Aristocracy 230
19. The Aristocrat to Quell: Peers, Patriots and Paineites 1789-1815 240
PART THREE. DECLINE: 1815
20. Rats: Crisis and Compromise 263
21. Thoroughbred: Sport and Manliness 278
22. The Surrender of Feudalism to Industry: The Mid-Victorian Peerage 1846-87 294
23. Revolvers Prominently Displayed: The Downfall of the Irish Aristocracy 311
24. Like Chaff Before Us: Hanging On 1887-1914 325
25. Dangers and Honours: War, Empire and the Aristocracy 348
26. Always Keep Hold of Nurse: Aristocratic Twilight 366
Notes 388
Bibliography 407
Index 424
Notes: LCCN: 2010013041
ISBN: 9780312615451
ISBN: 0312615450
First published in Great Britain by Little, Brown, 2009
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 471817820
ISBN/ISSN: 9780312615451
0312615450