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Amazing Grace: The Great Days of Dukes

E. S. Turner

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Sutton Publishing Ltd
27 January 2003
History; British & Irish history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
A fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up a two Dreadnoughts. They are just as great a terror and they last longer . So said David Lloyd George, the fiery Welsh duke-baiter in 1909. Amazing Grace surveys the dukes of Great Britain in their prime, chiefly in the 18th and 19th centuries. Dukes were expected to bring something extra to the grand manner, writes E.S. Turner, something which unmistakably conveyed that here was a man who owned Belgravia or Eastbourne or Ben Lomond . He offers an anecdote led study of godhead, eccentricity, noblesse oblige, self-indulgence and landlordism ; but his eye for the outrageous does not prevent him from paying tribute to those dukes to whom humanity has been much indebted. In these pages can be found a Duke of Somerset who cut #20,000 from a daughter's inheritance because she sat down while he slept; an heir to the Duke of Richmond who embarked on the Grand Tour within minutes of contracting a marriage of convenience with a Georgette Heyer-like conclusion; and a Duke of Northumberland who defiantly assured a Coal Commission that he owned all the minerals in his lands right down to the centre of the earth.
By:   E. S. Turner
Imprint:   Sutton Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9780750932721
ISBN 10:   0750932724
Series:   Sutton History Classics
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   27 January 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

E.s.turner is a prolific freelance writer and journalist who has contributed to Punch, the Sunday Times Literary Supplement and many other journals. He is the author of What the Butler saw (Penguin 2001), The Court of St James , Boys Will be Boys and May it Please Your Lordship. He lives in London.

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