Uilt by the Duke of Buckingham in the Restoration reign of King Charles II To The II to the Affair in the 1960s the sex scandal which took down the British governmentThough the writing is lively making for an entertaining read as others have pointed out I m chairing an event with Natalie on the 14th March at the VA if you re in London and fancy coming along It s a fascinating book A very neven read some of the sections were fascinating but others dragged It s not really about the life at the house it s about the people who lived there Some #The Mistresses Had A Ton Their Pre House Life #mistresses had a ton of their pre house life other histories were not as expansive The beginning is a lot compelling it really gets weaker as the story progresses I also don t trust the writer she s definitely an apologist for most of the ladies estionable actions I suspect this is something that was written for the current Cliveden gift shop Extremely enjoyed reading this book Fantastic location We went there in 2016 walked the gardens and took some phenomenal pictures What a location Cliveden Manor is one of the greatest manors you ll ever come across I really enjoyed this book It could have been a dry read but wasn t The author gave great info and kept it flowing. Cliveden provided a stage for political plots and artistic premieres hosted grieving monarchs and republican radicals was idealised as a family home and maligned as a threat to national security The Mistresses of Cliveden is by turns a historical epic a political thriller a family drama and an intimate history of the relationships between people and place Above all it is a story about sex and power and the ways in which exceptional women have evaded exploited and confronted the expectations of their times. A trip to Cliveden were on the itinerary alas it is not Double alas because I nderstand it to be a rather swank hotel now The reader was excellent Her American accent was than passable At first I thought it was a bit too Annie Oakley but Astor was of Southern extraction so it worked Great audiobook There s no getting away from it I was disappointed by this book I was hoping for a good history with Cliveden as the centre piece but what I got felt like a very contrived link some not very interesting history and what felt ltimately like a puff piece by the current A very enjoyably read about five women connected to Cliveden definitely one for people who think non fiction cannot be just as fluid to read as fiction My only gripe is that the depth of research is rather varied across the women with interesting aspects skimmed #OVER IN SOME LIVES WHILE COMPARATIVELY IRRELEVANT DETAIL IS #in some lives while comparatively irrelevant detail is in others But the author has left me interested enough in four of these five women to search out in depth looks at their livesIdeally this would be a 35 book for me 35 starsAn entertaining romp through history hinged around the singular magnificent and infamous Cliveden estate from its beginnings as a luxurious pleasure palace The three hundred years between the Countess and Christine Keeler the house was occupied by a dynasty of remarkable women Elizabeth Villiers an intellectual who brokered the rise and fall of governments; Augusta of Saxe Gotha a minor German royal who almost became een of England; Harriet Duchess of Sutherland the glittering society hostess turned political campaigner; and Nancy Astor the consummate controversialist who became the first woman to take a seat in parliament Under the direction of these women. ,
review The Mistresses of Cliveden,
Your reaction to this book is going to depend pon what you think
It Is Going Tois going to or what you want Is it a history of Cliveden Despite the title nope It is a history of selection group of women not all the women who had control of the propertry As such it is good if a bit long winded at times this was a bit disappointing Miss Livingstone s book was about the house and gardens of Cliveden #than it s mistresses an ok read but would have liked #it s mistresses an ok read but would have liked about the women this book was intended to be about Fantastic I wasn t expecting this to do anything but entertain but I finished the book significantly better informed on a variety of topics Centered around the manor house of Cliveden on the Thames Livingstone tells the story of the home s mistresses Using this format you get an education in how the roles of women changed over the three centuries True the point of view is primarily of the aristocratic social strata but that bears our attention in the study of the advances of women Nancy Astor is a person that has lingered on the periphery of my awareness for many years without knowing about her beyond her wealth What a fascinating woman I feel like I must know about her am going to London this spring and wish. A Sunday Times bestseller The Mistresses of Cliveden is the extraordinary story of how five women sed their home to influence British society From its dawn in the 1660s to its twilight in the 1960s Cliveden was an emblem of elite misbehaviour and intrigue Conceived by the Duke of Buckingham as a retreat for his scandalous affair with Anna Maria Countess of Shrewsbury the house later served as the backdrop for the Profumo Affair which would bring down a government and change the course of British historyIn.