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The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home

Natalie Livingstone.
Publisher Ballantine  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780553392074
Pages/Publication Date 495/2015
Daedalus Item Code 73574
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Five miles from the royal home of Windsor Castle sits Cliveden House, an estate overlooking the Thames and surrounded by lavish gardens—and a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion, from 1666, when the Duke of Buckingham built it for his lover Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury, to the 1960s, when the Profumo sex scandal toppled Harold Macmillan's government. Cliveden has had many mistresses since Anna Maria, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the mother of George III and nearly queen herself; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, a confidante of Queen Victoria who became a political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female Member of Parliament, who described herself as an "ardent feminist" and welcomed controversy. With rich historical and architectural detail, the manor's current mistress Natalie Livingstone gives us a chronicle of sex and power at Cliveden, and of the exceptional women who evaded, exploited, and confronted the expectations of their times.

"Natalie Livingstone's lively chronology of one storied manse and its canny chatelaines ... shows that even when they stayed put, majestic properties like Cliveden continually shapeshifted.... The current chatelaine—the author herself—deserves no small credit for keeping the house's legend alive.... Any of her action-filled chapters would merit a mini-series."—NYTBR

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