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This best-selling book is a beautifully illustrated history of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In it, renowned architect...

This best-selling book is a beautifully illustrated history of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In it, renowned architectural historian Mark Girouard presents a rare and revealing glimpse of the English upper classes—their public and personal lives, their servants, and their homes.<br /><br />"A deeply important book, one of the most interesting contributions to architectural history."—J. H. Plumb, <i>The New York Review of Books</i><br /><br />"A survey of country houses through the past five centuries, from a broad range of materials: family archives, literature, plans and photographs.... The book itself is a physical artifact of surpassing beauty which could fit on the grandest table in the houses it describes."—David Hackett Fischer, <i>The New Republic</i><br /><br />"Informative, balanced, knowledgeable, and witty."—<i>The New Yorker</i><br /><br />"This enthralling and immensely informative book...tells with wit, scholarship, and lucidity how the country house evolved to meet the needs and reflect the social attitudes of the times."—Philip Ziegler, <i>The Times</i><br /><br />"One of those very useful and very enjoyable books that the learned can seldom write, and the entertaining seldom achieve—clear, detailed, and witty."—Angus Wilson, <i>The Observer</i><br /><br />Winner of the 1978 Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and the W. H. Smith &amp; Son Annual Literary Award for 1979.

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