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Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty | [Catherine Bailey]

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliam's - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedy's; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.
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Publisher's Summary

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliam's - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining.

This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedy's; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

©2008 Catherine Bailey; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"Extraordinary, fascinating, harrowing. A truly compelling read." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "What a Saga"

    Great story really well read. I loved it. Took me back to my roots in the north of England

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  • Sandra
    Co TipperaryIreland
    9/21/10
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    "A must listen"

    This is the most fascinating book I have listened to in a long time. It compelled me to research the family, their ties to Ireland, where I live, and the fate of the house in Yorkshire. It should be made into a film. It reads like a novel but is fact. The reader was excellent and his ability to use the various accents added to the enjoyment. Can't recomend it enough!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, United Kingdom
    7/25/09
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    "One of the best"

    This is a fabulous story but comes to life by the narrator Gareth Armstrong; his attention to detail with all of the different accents brought the individuals of Wentworth to life. Fantastic purchase.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    6/15/09
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    "Spellbinding"

    Wonderful, wonderful - masterly writing.

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