Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty (Paperback)

by Catherine Bailey

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Catherine Bailey's "Black Diamonds" is an extraordinary tale of family feuds, forbidden love, civil unrest and the downfall of a mining dynasty. Wentworth in Yorkshire was surrounded by 70 collieries employing tens of thousands of men. It is the finest and largest Georgian house in Britain and belonged to the Fitzwilliam family. It is England's forgotten palace which belonged to Britain's richest aristocrats. "Black Diamonds" tells the story of its demise: family feuds, forbidden love, class war, and a tragic and violent death played their part. But coal, one of the most emotive issues in twentieth century British politics, lies at its heart. This is the extraordinary story of how the fabric of English society shifted beyond recognition in fifty turbulent years in the twentieth century. "Magnificent ...peels back the grand facade of Wentworth toreveal a family riven with fueds, mental illness and forbidden love". ("Tatler"). "A compelling new history ...fascinating insights into the dynasty that once ruled this Yorkshire roost". ("Daily Mail"). "An aristocratic tale of epic proportions, this gripping novel cleverly interweaves interviews, letters and historical fact ...Fascinating". ("Easy Living"). Catherine Bailey read history at Oxford University. She is a successful, award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth century history. She is the author of "Black Diamonds" and "The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery". She lives in West London.

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Published
06/03/2008

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN
9780141019239


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