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A Noble Way To Go

Deaths of English, Scots and Irish Peers 1100-1900

Robert Dunning

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FONTHILL
08 October 2019
History; British & Irish history; Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Military history
Owners of estates and titles in the peerages of England, Scotland and Ireland were more, rather than less, likely than ordinary people to experience dramatic and gruesome deaths and certainly more likely to have them recorded. This study, drawing on the pages of 'The Complete Peerage', describes some 7,000 such deaths, revealing when, where and how they occurred and how they were commemorated. In the Middle Ages, war, execution, imprisonment, plague, poison and sheer misfortune brought an end to many noble lives. In the sixteenth century wars, executions and murders continued to take their toll alongside 'affrays' or 'skirmishes' so often blamed for deaths in Scotland and Ireland; and ill-health in amazing variety. Wars at home, at sea and abroad were fatal for many in the seventeenth century, wars overseas in the eighteenth, but by then death from too much food or drink was much more common and death in fashionable mansions in London's west end more usual than in ancestral castles. In the nineteenth century came deaths in remarkable places, sometimes very suspicious.
By:   Robert Dunning
Imprint:   FONTHILL
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781781557136
ISBN 10:   1781557136
Publication Date:   08 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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