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An intriguing illustrated biography of the remarkable Mrs. Greville and her magnificent house, Polesden Lacy—a fascinating life story laced with scandal, wit, and intrigue, set against the backdrop of 80 years of tumultous world events
From obscure and humble origins Margaret Greville rose to become a millionairess and prominent society hostess and friend to a portfolio of royalty and politicians. Following an advantageous marriage to one of Edward VII's best friends, Captain Ronald Greville, Mrs. Greville created two magnificent houses, Polesden Lacy (now National Trust) and 16 Charles Street, Mayfair, taking as her model the opulent luxury of the Ritz Hotel. Mrs. "Ronnie" Greville was instrumental in advancing the courtships of both the Mountbattens and the Duke and Duchess of York, who became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth after the Abdication, and in fact, honeymooned at Polesden Lacy. Among her friends she numbered Edward VII, Queen Mary, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Oswald Mosley, Ribbentrop, and Mussolini. Her meteoric rise to social prominence was lived against a background of tumultous historic events: the halcyon years of the Edwardian era, the Roaring 20s, the Depresssion, two World Wars, and the London Blitz. Mrs. Ronnie survived for almost eight momentous decades and was in the front row for many of the great moments in history. This is her thrilling story and that of her magnificent house, Polesden Lacy, illustrated many previously unpublished evocative period photographs.
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Sian Evans is a cultural historian who has worked for the National Trust, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Design Museum. She is the author of Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust, Life Below Stairs, and Pattern Design.
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Book Description National Trust Books, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Small Tears to the Dust Jacket/ Slipcase Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0012904074
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Book Description National Trust, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Original dust jacket, price unclipped, with minor surface and edge wear. Not an ex-library edition. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Cover shows mild surface and edge wear. Page edges are largely clean. Seller Inventory # KS902757945GBb