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Author Furness, Charlotte, author.

Title Lady of the house : elite 19th century women and their role in the English country house / Charlotte Furness
Published Havertown : Barnsley, England : Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2018


Description 1 online resource (186 pages)
Contents Cover; Book Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Author's Note; List of Plates; Chapter 1: Character Synopsis; Chapter 2: Early Influence; Chapter 3: Making a Suitable Marriage; Chapter 4: Establishing a Home; Plate section; Chapter 5: Heirs and Spares; Chapter 6: Widowhood and Tragedy; Chapter 7: Leaving a Legacy; Selected Bibliography; Notes to Text; Index; Back Cover
Summary This book tells the true stories of three gentile women who were born, raised, lived and died within the world of England's Country Houses. This is not the story of 'seen and not heard' women, these are incredible women who endured tremendous tragedy and worked alongside their husbands to create a legacy that we are still benefitting from today. Harriet Leveson-Gower, Countess Granville was the second born child of the infamous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire who married her aunt's lover, raised his illegitimate children and reigned supreme as Ambassadress over the Parisian elite. Lady Mary Isham lived at Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire with her family where, despite great tragedy, she was responsible for developing a house and estate whilst her husband remained 'the silent Baronet'. Elizabeth Manners, Duchess of Rutland hailed from Castle Howard and used her upbringing to design and build a Castle and gardens at Belvoir suitable for a Duke and Duchess that inspired a generation of country house interiors. These women were expected simply to produce children, to be active members of society, to give handsomely to charity and to look the part. What these three remarkable women did instead is develop vast estates, oversee architectural changes, succeed in business, take a keen role in politics as well as successfully managing all the expectations of an aristocratic lady
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Isham, Lady (Mary), 1788-1878
Granville, Harriet Granville, Countess, 1785-1862.
Rutland, Elizabeth Manners, Duchess of, 1780-1825
Granville, Harriet Granville, Countess, 1785-1862
Women -- England -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Aristocracy (Social class) -- England -- History -- 19th century
Nobility -- Great Britain -- Biography
Aristocracy (Social class)
Women -- Social conditions
Great Britain
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781526702777