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Stately Passions

Publication Date: 09/07/2012

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781843179566


About the Book

The story of Britain's great stately homes and the scandals, predominately sexual, which the owners and their families have been involved in from the sixteenth century to the present day. It details some of the most notorious scandals to have engulfed the British royal family and aristocracy and captures not only the events and their era, but also the essence of some of the world's greatest and most beautiful private dwellings.

From the Hampton Court of Henry VIII to the modern scandals that saw the present Lord Brocket jailed, “Stately Passions” gives centre stage to the British stately homes that have played witness to centuries of aristocratic indiscretion. Whether examining the 'Profumo Affair', the call-girl scandal at Cliveden, the home of Viscount Astor, that eventually brought down a government, or the affairs of the lesbian Vita Sackville-West and her bisexual husband, Harold Nicolson, at Sissinghurst Castle; or considering the goings-on at Fort Belvedere, the Surrey bolthole where the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, conducted his affair with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson that eventually led to his abdication, “Stately Passions” provides a fascinating insight into the lives, loves – and morals, dubious though they may be – of some notorious denizens of the aristocratic world.

About the Author

Jamie Douglas-Home was a racehorse trainer, author and journalist. Born in Edinburgh, he inherited his love of racing, the countryside and writing from his father, playwright and politician William Douglas-Home, brother of the prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home. He was educated in England at Eton and Bristol University, where he studied History and Archaeology.
After a successful career as a racehorse trainer in the 1970s and 80s, he moved on to racing journalism, where he became one of the UK's most-respected racing correspondents, contributing regularly to magazines such as Racing Post and Country Life magazine. He established a reputation as a witty writer and was a popular writer for The Field and The Oldie magazine and also authored several books.