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Inheritance

The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Sackville-West, Robert (Book - 2010)
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Baker & Taylor
Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, first Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of the aristocratic Sackville family. Now owned by the National Trust, Knole is today visited by thousands annually. Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house and the relationships his colorful ancestors formed within it. It's a drama in which the house itself is a principal character, its fortunes often mirroring those of the family. Every detail holds a story: the portraits, and all the items the subjects of those portraits left behind, point to pivotal moments in history; all the rooms, and the objects that fill them, are freighted with an emotional significance handed down from generation to generation.--From publisher description.

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Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, first Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of a single aristocratic family, the Sackvilles. Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house and the close relationships his colorful ancestors formed within it.

Inheritance is the story of a house and its inhabitants, a family described by Vita Sackville-West as "a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent, and too melancholy; a rotten lot, and nearly all starkstaring mad." Where some reveled in the hedonism of aristocratic life, others rebelled against a house that, in time, would disinherit them, shutting its doors to them forever. It's a drama in which the house itself is a principal character, its fortunes often mirroring those of the family. Every detail holds a story: the portraits, and all the items the subjects of those portraits left behind, point to pivotal moments in history; all the rooms, and the objects that fill them, are freighted with an emotional significance that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Now owned by the National Trust, Knole is today one of the largest houses in England, visited by thousands annually and housing one of the country's finest collections of secondhand Royal furniture. It's a pleasure to follow Robert Sackville-West as he unravels the private life of a public place on a fascinating, masterful, four-hundred-year tour through the memories and memorabilia, political, financial, and domestic, of his extraordinary family.



Blackwell Publishing
"Inheritance is less a love affair with a house than a rather unstarry tale of family squabbles and minor statesmanship, a history with little laughter and slim snatches of gaiety... Sackville-West wears his historical research lightly... and succeeds in breathing humanity into Knole's forbidding Kentish stone... An appealing history."---Sunday Times

"Knole is not merely a house. It is ambodiment of history. If you knew no English history, a visit to this place, followed by reading Robert Sackville-West's fascinatin account, would tell you the story in its essential outlines, with many grotesque or amusing local details to enrich the larger picture... Astounding... Mr. Sackville-West writes with great panache. The whole story, from the Elizabethan Lord Treasurer to the takeover by the National Trust, is accomplished in a brisk 267 pages of text. Not a word is wasted and every page is full of interest."---A. N. Wilson, Country Life

"What a relief to have a book about Knole and its family not written by Virginia Woolf or Vita Sackville-West. This serious new history is written by the present (7th) Lord Sackville and is his own personal view of the place, incorporating all the latest historical scholarship in a refreshingly brisk text that paints the full story up to the present day ... It is the definitive modern account of a great house and family, and a model for future publications in the genre... A gripping read, as good as a novel ... Essential reading for anybody interested in the history and survival of the English country house in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."---Literary Review

Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, first Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of a single aristocratic family---the Sackvilles. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current master of the house, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine home and the close relationships his colorful ancestors formed within it.

Inheritance is the story of a house and its inhabitants, a family described by one of its own, the writer Vita Sackville-West, as "a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent, and too melancholy; a rotten lot, and nearly all stark staring mad." In the drama of the Sackvilles, the house itself is a principal character, its fortunes often mirroring those of the family. Every detail in its 365 rooms holds a story, such as the wooden carving depicting the march to Calvary that hangs in the chapel, given to Thomas Sackville in 1586 by Mary, Queen of Scots, in recognition of his great compassion when telling her that she had been sentenced to death---a task he had been assigned by Queen Elizabeth. The portraits on the walls, and all their subjects, point to pivotal moments in history, which Sackville-West illustrates with relish and outstanding detail.

Now owned by the National Trust, Knole is visited by thousands annually, and houses one of England's finest collections of secondhand royal furniture. Follow Robert Sackville-West on a four-hundred-year tour of one of the largest houses in England as he unravels the life of Knole, both public and private, through the memories and memorabilia of his extraordinary family.

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The story of a house in Knole, Kent, and the family that has inhabited it since 1604, describing the hedonism of English aristocratic life and the dramas that unfolded within the Sackville family more than 400 years.
The story of a house in Knole, Kent, and the family that has inhabited it since 1604, describing the hedonism of English aristocratic life and the dramas that unfolded within the Sackville family.

Authors: Sackville-West, Robert
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Sackville-West
Title: Inheritance
the story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: xxi, 293 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Knole (Sevenoaks, England) History Sackville family Aristocracy (Social class) England Biography Sevenoaks (England) Genealogy
Topical Term: Aristocracy (Social class)
LCCN: 2010004253
ISBN: 9780802779014
0802779018
Branch Call Number: 929.72 S
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Knole house is one of the largest private houses in England that has been inhabited for over 400 years by 13 generations of one eccentric family — the Sackvilles. Author Lord Robert Sackville-West gives us if-these-walls-could-talk stories and larger-than-life characters that have the fictional D... Read More »


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