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by Robert Lacey

  • ISBN: 0316511641
  • Author: Robert Lacey
  • ePub ver: 1297 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co; 1st American ed edition (1983)
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  • Category: Memoris
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He is the author of numerous international bestsellers.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Examines the present lives and past histories of six aristocratic families, describing their homes, financial holdings.

Robert Lacey was born in Guilford, Surrey, England on January 3, 1944. He earned a . While working for the latter, he also began writing biographies; his books about Robert, Earl of Essex and Si. . in 1967, a diploma of education in 1967, and an . in 1970, all from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Lacey began his writing career as a journalist, working for the Illustrated London News and later the Sunday Times magazine. While working for the latter, he also began writing biographies; his books about Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh led to a commission to write a history of Queen Elizabeth's reign, to be published during her silver jubilee.

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Robert Lacey (born 3 January 1944) is a British historian and biographer. He is the author of a number of bestselling biographies, including those of Henry Ford, Eileen Ford and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as several other works of popular history

Robert Lacey (born 3 January 1944) is a British historian and biographer. He is the author of a number of bestselling biographies, including those of Henry Ford, Eileen Ford and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as several other works of popular history. He is best known for his work as historian to the Netflix award-winning drama The Crown. Lacey was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Books by Robert Lacey: The Crown: The Official Companion (2017) The Crown: The Inside History (2017). Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1987) Ford: The Men and the Machine (1986) Aristocrats (1983) Princess (1982) The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa’ud (1982) Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor (1977) The Queens of the North Atlantic (1973) Sir Walter Raleigh (1973) The Life and Times of Henry VIII (1972) Robert, Earl of Essex: An Elizabethan Icarus (1971).

Examines the present lives and past histories of six aristocratic families, describing their homes, financial holdings, attitudes, and lifestyles
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Moralsa
Buy this book used for $.01 right now! Mr. Lacey's book looks stilted as do the photos; ignore that and dive in. The author is a tremendous story teller and a master of the subject of European history and aristocracy. And, it is often funny, always insightful.
Nikohn
If you are looking for a book about fairy-tale Dukes, Counts, and Princes, then Robert Lacey's "Aristocrats" in NOT for you.
Lacey profiles 6 families from England, Italy, France, Germany, Liechtenstein and Spain. He examines how these families established themselves and built their tremendous wealth. Many of the founding family members started out as soldiers, merchants, bankers and acting as advisors to Kings, Holy Roman Emperors and Popes. In short, they made themselves indispensible to very powerful people. They also made lucrative business deals, excellent marriages, had children, and continued to do so each generation. There is, however, FAR more to them than that. They are SURVIVORS. They have survived wars, political and social upheavel only to regroup and rebuild. They inherit and pass on both their wealth, philosophy, and a way of life that has lasted for centuries.
In interviewing the 6th Duke of Westminister, H.S.H. Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein, Marquis Dino Frescobaldi, The Duchess of Medinaceli, H.S.H. Johannes von Thurn und Taxis, and Jean Louis, Marquis de Ganay, we start to understand how aristocrats feel about their positions in the modern world and the reverence they have for their past. We also find out what they see as their role for the future.
Robert Lacey's style is highly informative and full of wit, which really makes this book a very enjoyable read. For those of you who are trivia buffs, this book was a companion to the BBC production in the early 80's on Aristocrats. Though 20 years have passed, this is still an excellent beginning work on a world that many know little about.
Budar
The Countess Mariae Gloria [etc.] von Schonburg-Glauchau, who now goes by her married name of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, is a 22-year-old mother of two daughters who is disarmingly aware of her principal function as a wife: to produce a Thurn und Taxis male heir. (She got one on the third try, after this book was published.) One cannot become an aristocrat, she says; one can only be born one. But her family works at it. Besides being the largest landowners in Germany, they own farms in Georgia (U.S.), a big piece of the Matto Grosso, and eleven castles and palaces, among a great many other holdings. The Duke of Edinburgh, invited to a boar hunt, expressed disbelief that a private family could live so grandly without receiving (as the Windsors do) financial assistance from the state. "What do you expect?" responded Prince Johannes. "No workey, no money." Lacey gives a similarly witty, insightful, and fascinating view of the Duke of Westminster (the richest man in England), the Duchess of Medinaceli (owner of more than a hundred castles and fifty titles), Prince Franz Josef of Liechtenstein, and several more of their elite colleagues. There's also quite a lengthy bibliography but this is worth reading for the anecdotes alone.
Celore
Admittedly this book may not be of interest to a significant number of people but for those who enjoy aristocratic history and the personalities that fill it, this book is outstanding. I am a pretty harsh reader and find most reading tedious but this is perhaps the only book I truly couldn't put down. I read it in one go and then started reading again. Lacey somehow draws you in, as though you know these people personally, and makes you feel a part of the family. It is mainly composed of a series of anecdotes, all of them are interesting and and many are stuck in my mind more than 10 years after reading, so vivid with imagery they borderline false memories of the actual events. The book is understated and unassuming. If you think it sounds interesting but are unsure, just buy it. It's worth the risk.

(and if the author ever reads this, thank you for writing such an amazing book. it is my most treasured)

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