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- DescriptionFor the past four hundred years, since its purchase in 1605 by Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, the house at Kle, Kent, has been inhabited by fifteen generations of a single aristocratic family, the Sackvilles. Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house and the close relationships his often colourful ancestors formed with it. Inheritance is the story of a house and its inhabitants, a family described by Vita Sackville-West as 'a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent and too melancholy; a rotten lot, and nearly all stark staring mad'. From Charles, 6th Earl of Dorset, a torious carouser, mir poet, and friend and patron of John Dryden, to Vita Sackville-West, velist, biographer and lover of Virginia Woolf, the history of the Sackville dynasty is one of extremes: vast wealth and financial ruin, personal tragedy and triumph, public rioting and cosy family dinners. Kle is today one of the largest privately-owned houses in England, visited by thousands annually and housing one of the country's finest collections of second-hand Royal furniture. An affectionate celebration of staircases that lead to where-in-particular, it's a pleasure to follow Robert Sackville-West, a kwledgeable and entertaining guide, on this fascinating, masterful, four-hundred-year tour through the memories and memorabilia, political, financial and domestic, of his extraordinary family.
- Author BiographyAfter studying History at Oxford University, Robert Sackville-West worked in publishing, founding Toucan Books in 1985, which creates illustrated non-fiction books for an international market. He now combines that with chairing Knole Estates, the property and investment company which runs the Sackville family's interests at Knole. In 2008, he and his wife and three children moved in the house, which has been occupied by the Sackville family for 400 years.
- Author(s)Robert Sackville-West
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication03/05/2010
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
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