Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence - Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present

Author(s): Lawrence James


For nine hundred years the British aristocracy has considered itself ideally qualified to rule others, make laws and guide the fortunes of the nation. Tracing the history of this remarkable supremacy, ARISTOCRATS is a story of wars, intrigue, chicanery and extremes of both selflessness and greed. James also illuminates how the aristocracy's infatuation with classical art has forged our heritage, how its love of sport has shaped our pastimes and values - and how its scandals have entertained the public. Impeccably researched, balanced and brilliantly entertaining, ARISTOCRATS is an enthralling history of power, influence and an extraordinary knack for survival.


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** 'An accessible history of the last 900 years through the perspective of the aristocracy ... Well-written ... Admire the range, drive and verve of James's study' BBC History Magazine ** 'Entertaining' Daily Telegraph ** 'A thousand years of privilege is not easily maintained ... Lawrence James shows exactly how the process has worked in Britain' The Times ** 'James's sprightly study is rich in anecdote and detail' Scotsman ** 'James has a gift for illustrating points with memorable examples and writing pithy prose' Financial Times

Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career he has emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of his generation.

General Fields

  • : 9780349119571
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Abacus
  • : July 2010
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lawrence James
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 305.520941
  • : 448
  • : 16pp of colour photos