Glorious Goodwood: A Biography of England's Greatest Sporting Estate (Paperback)
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Glorious Goodwood: A Biography of England's Greatest Sporting Estate (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 25/06/2020
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'Delightful' A HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR / BOOK OF THE WEEK, Daily Mail

'Goodwood curator James Peill writes with a wonderfully light touch . . . The Goodwood story is extraordinary and rightly celebrated' Country Life


The history of Goodwood, England's greatest sporting estate


Goodwood has been the home of English sport for centuries. The story of how a small hunting lodge became the iconic location for the globally-renowned Festival of Speed, Glorious Goodwood and Goodwood Revival events is inextricably intertwined with the tale of the Dukes of Richmond. The Dukes were, variously, patrons of the arts, political influencers, royal confidantes, architectural innovators, horticultural enthusiasts and stewards of the community. Above all, they were passionate about the sports for which Goodwood is best known: horseracing, motor sports, foxhunting, cricket, shooting and golf. Drawing upon the wealth of the Goodwood archives, James Peill vividly captures the character of each Duke, some radical and others staunchly traditional, and the wide-ranging impact they had on the Goodwood of today.

The broader context is a sweeping history of England, and one family's part in it. Beginning with Charles II and his mistress Louise de Keroualle, the parents of the first Duke, Glorious Goodwood takes the reader on a journey through time, from the seventeenth century to present day, via the Jacobite Rising, the Battle of Waterloo and the First and Second World Wars. There are cameo appearances from George Stubbs, Canaletto, Alexander, Emperor of Russia, Queen Victoria, Jackie Stewart and Edward VII, who famously hosted Privy Council meetings in the Tapestry Drawing Room during race week.

Glorious Goodwood is a vivid and intimate portrait of a house and its inhabitants set against a dazzling, panoramic backdrop of English history. At the heart of this colourful and compelling story is a rich sense of the British heritage Goodwood embodies.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472128256
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Goodwood curator James Peill writes with a wonderfully light touch . . . and deftly weaves in the history of England using the experiences of the family . . . Anyone interested in Britain's sporting traditions, the life of country estates, how aristocratic families have evolved or the past 350 years of history will be fascinated by this book and its beautiful colour pictures. The Goodwood story is extraordinary and rightly celebrated -- Rupert Uloth * Country Life *
Meticulously researched . . . anecdote-rich . . . A galloping, atmospheric and stylishly written account -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * The Lady *
Delightful * Daily Mail *
Well-paced history * Historic Houses *
A cheerful, quick-paced, accessible overview * Times Literary Supplement *
Delightful * Town & Country *

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