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Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. This engaging and beautifully illustrated book take us back to the domestic world of the landed gentry in seventeenth-century England. Relating countless stories and case histories drawn from a wide range of primary sources, the book describes the physical environment, staffing, and functioning of gentry households, the inhabitants and their activities, and the role of these houses in the social economic life of their localities.J. T. Cliffe begins exploring the exterior and interior of houses and the outbuildings, parks, and gardens that surrounded them. He then investigates the people who lived in the country houses and the relationships between them. He provides colorful details about the responsibilities of the squire and his wife; the duties, remuneration, food, clothing, accommodation, and treatment of servants; and the special duties of estate stewards, coachmen, chaplains, and tutors. Cliffe explains various aspects of housekeeping, such as the tradition of hospitality and the factors militating against it. He also discusses other kinds of activity: religious practices; outdoor sports and indoor pastimes, including music and billiards; and such intellectual pursuits as antiquarian research, poetry, and scientific experiments. He concludes with a fascinating survey of scandal in the world of the gentry, telling of domestic strife, financial disaster, lunacy, and other disasters that marred this idyllic existence. Brown cloth with gold spine lettering. Illustrated. viii, 232pp., index. Solid copy. Full refund if not satisfied.
Very Good. Sewn binding. 240 p. Contains: Illustrations. Basing his research on a range of primary sources, including family papers, wills, inventories and pictures, Dr Cliffe explores every aspect of 17th-century country estates in England. The book provides the reader with an insight into the lives of the gentry and their employees at this time.
Very Good in Very Good dust jack. 232 pp. Index. Very good condition book and dustjacket. Brown hardcovers are clean, bottom spine bumped and rubbed, corners little rubbed. Interior fine, crisp and clean. Dustjacket is faintly rubbed only. 4to 11"-13" tall Professional bookseller for twenty years. Orders shipped daily in cardboard bookfolds.
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