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A Sunday Times bestseller The Mistresses of Cliveden is the extraordinary story of how five women used their home to influence British society From its dawn in the 1660s to its twilight in the 1960s Cliveden was an emblem of elite misbehaviour and intrigue Conceived by the Duke of Buckingham as a retreat for his scandalous affair with Anna Maria Countess of Shrewsbury the house later served as the backdrop for the Profumo Affair which would bring down a government and change the course of British historyIn. Your reaction to this book is going to depend upon what you think it is going to be or what you want Is it a history of Cliveden Despite the title nope It is a history of selection group of women not all the women who had control of the propertry As such it is good if a bit long winded at times

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The Mistresses of Cliveden

Cliveden provided a stage for political plots and artistic premieres hosted grieving monarchs and republican radicals was idealised as a family home and maligned as a threat to national security The Mistresses of Cliveden is by turns a historical epic a political thriller a family drama and an intimate history of the relationships between people and place Above all it is a story about sex and power and the ways in which exceptional women have evaded exploited and confronted the expectations of their times. 35 starsAn entertaining romp through history hinged around the singular magnificent and infamous Cliveden estate from its beginnings as a luxurious pleasure palace built by the Duke of Buckingham in the Restoration reign of King Charles II to the Profumo Affair in the 1960s the sex scandal which took down the British governmentThough the writing is lively making for an entertaining read as others have pointed out the title is misleading as the bulk of the writing really doesn t focus on the women who are ostensibly meant to be the subject Instead we see a great deal of the men around whom these women s lives revolved as we watch these men build rebuild expand restore and renovate the house and grounds of Cliveden through the centuries while the women for the most part are sort of added in as decoration Now some might say the author has a conflict of interest writing this book as her husband is the current owner of Cliveden but I think this simply gives an additional layer to the history she s written as the latest mistress of the houseThere were a great many pictures sprinkled throughout the text which I found wonderful I love having lots of visual references especially the gorgeous portraits which led off each part introducing a new mistress of Cliveden As an architecture nut about the only thing I wish would ve been added are some floorplans of the house Also while a Cast of Characters is provided at the beginning of the book again personally I would ve preferred having some kind of genealogical tree to show the relationships and descendantsAs someone who enjoys both British history and architecture this book provided the perfect combination of both Thanks to The Random House Publishing Group and Goodreads giveaways for providing me a copy of this book

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The three hundred years between the Countess and Christine Keeler the house was occupied by a dynasty of remarkable women Elizabeth Villiers an intellectual who brokered the rise and fall of governments; Augusta of Saxe Gotha a minor German royal who almost became ueen of England; Harriet Duchess of Sutherland the glittering society hostess turned political campaigner; and Nancy Astor the consummate controversialist who became the first woman to take a seat in parliament Under the direction of these women. A very uneven read some of the sections were fascinating but others dragged It s not really about the life at the house it s about the people who lived there Some of the mistresses had a ton of their pre house life while other histories were not as expansive The beginning is a lot compelling it really gets weaker as the story progresses I also don t trust the writer she s definitely an apologist for most of the ladies uestionable actions I suspect this is something that was written for the current Cliveden gift shop


10 thoughts on “The Mistresses of Cliveden

  1. says:

    I'm chairing an event with Natalie on the 14th March at the VA if you're in London and fancy coming along It's a fascinating book

  2. says:

    There's no getting away from it I was disappointed by this book I was hoping for a good history with Cliveden as the centre piece but what I got felt like a very contrived link some not very interesting history and what felt ultimately like a puff piece by the current owner I know that sounds harsh Don't get me wrong it was well written and if you knew nothing at all of the histories involved then it probably was informative But here's t

  3. says:

    Your reaction to this book is going to depend upon what you think it is going to be or what you want Is it a history of Cliveden? Despite the title nope It is a history of selection group of women not all the women who had control of the propertry As such it is good if a bit long winded at times

  4. says:

    A very uneven read some of the sections were fascinating but others dragged It's not really about the life at the house it's about the people who lived there Some of the mistresses had a ton of their pre house life while other histories were not as expansive The beginning is a lot compelling it really gets weaker

  5. says:

    A very enjoyably read about five women connected to Cliveden definitely one for people who think non fiction cannot be just as fluid to read as fiction My only gripe is that the depth of research is rather varied across the women with interesting aspects skimmed over in some lives while comparatively irrelevant detail is discussed in others But the author has left me interested enough in four of these five women to search out in depth lo

  6. says:

    this was a bit disappointing Miss Livingstone's book was about the house and gardens of Cliveden than it's mistr

  7. says:

    Extremely enjoyed reading this book Fantastic location We went there in 2016 walked the gardens and took some phenomenal pictures What a location Cliveden Manor is one of the greatest manors you'll ever come across

  8. says:

    35 starsAn entertaining romp through history hinged around the singular magnificent and infamous Cliveden estate from its beginnings as a luxurious pleasure palace built by the Duke of Buckingham in the Restoration reign of King Charles II to the Profumo Affair in the 1960s the sex scandal which took down the British governmentThough the writing is lively making for an entertaining read as others have pointed out the title is misleading

  9. says:

    Fantastic I wasn't expecting this to do anything but entertain but I finished the book significantly better informed on a variety of topics Centered around the manor house of Cliveden on the Thames Livingstone tells the story of the home's mistresses Using this format you get an education in how the roles of women changed over the three centuries True the point of view is primarily of the aristocratic social strata but

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It could have been a dry read but wasn't The author gave great info and kept it flowing

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