Mistress of the House

Mistress of the House : Great Ladies and Grand Houses 1670-1830

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In MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE Rosemary Baird describes women's roles as wives, chatelaines and keepers-up of fashion in decoration and entertainment in the great power houses of Britain. Large town houses and country estates were created largely to overawe and to reinforce social and political prestige; with that went the presentational requirements needed to impress: fashion in clothes, carriages and entertainment, and in terms of an appropriate backdrop, lavish interiors and exotic gardens. Rosemary Baird has selected ten women whose status as consorts to powerful men required them to take on a wide variety of roles. This is a fascinating account of their lives, taken very often from diaries, letters and new research in family archives. 'Expertly researched, beautifully illustrated and deftly constructed' Sunday Telegraphshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 76
  • 0753817713
  • 9780753817711

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""Baird has corrected a misunderstood aspect of Britain's social history...captivating."show more

About Rosemary Baird

Rosemary Baird was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Paris and was a research consultant at Sotheby's and an Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean before being appointed Curator of the Goodwood Collection.show more

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