Life in an Irish Country House
ISBN10: 009474680X ISBN13: 9780094746800 Publisher: Constable & Co Ltd Published: Dec 1 1996 Weight: 1.75lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Following the publishing success of his book Twilight of the Ascendancy, which describes the lifestyle of the old landowning families of Ireland from about the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, Mark Bence-Jones now gives a picture of life in the houses of twenty-three of these families at various periods.
Seeing the families in their houses as we do over several generations gives a marvellous insight into their way of life; a way of life in which hunting and shooting, dances and amateur theatricals may have loomed large but in which duty came first. And the houses themselves, their architectural development, their domestic evolution, the changes in interior decoration to suit prevailing tastes, are not forgotten. This book is in effect a history of the twenty-three houses and their families, the houses and the families being intimately tied up; but above all, it illuminates those of us who wonder what the houses were like to live in.