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Book Title: Cavalier|
The author of the book: Lucy Worsley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.77 MB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: September 6th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780571227037
Read full description of the books Cavalier:This is only superficially a biography (or family biography). Worsley, the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, probably knows more about how lives were lived in these places than any one else. She uses the Cavendish family history, and particularly the life of William Cavendish, as a way of portraying how nobles, their courts and their servants lived. It can sometimes be dry as when we learn how bricks were made or when we get detailed tours of the houses as they are walked through by the reimagined tenants. She is nothing if not detail oriented. We learn about the art of "pinching" or napkin folding, about men's undergarments and path a servant takes through the castle while removing a chamber pot. None of this is necessarily a criticism--it can all be fascinating--but don't read it if your main interest is biography. While you do indeed get family history and a biography of William Cavendish, it seemed to me more a social history.
Read information about the authorI was born in Reading (not great, but it could have been Slough), studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and I've got a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex.
My first job after leaving college was at a crazy but wonderful historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Here I would give guided tours, occasionally feed the llamas, and look for important pieces of paper that my boss Anthony had lost. Soon after that I moved to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, in the lovely job for administrator of the Wind and Watermills Section. Here I helped to organise that celebrated media extravaganza, National Mills Day. I departed for English Heritage in 1997, first as an Assistant Inspector and then as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings; Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Old Hall, and Kirby Hall were my favourite properties there. In 2002 I made a brief excursion to Glasgow Museums before coming down to London as Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in 2003. Yes, this is a brilliant job, but no, you can’t have it. (Bribes have been offered, and refused.)
You might also catch me presenting history films on the old goggle box, giving the talks on the cruise ship Queen Mary 2, or slurping cocktails.
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