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Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles (original: 2010; edição: 2010)

de Robert Sackville-West

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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 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 Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house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.… (mais)
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Título:Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Autores:Robert Sackville-West
Informação:Walker & Company (2010), Edition: First Edition (1 in number lin3e), Hardcover, 320 pages
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The history of Knole and its aristocratic owners the Sackville family as told by Robert Sackville-West the 7th Lord Sackville. Eminently readable, Robert Sackville-West’s recounting reveals the myths, legends, sorrows, and injustices endured by a family that has only once in some 400 years been able to pass on the inheritance of Knole through four direct male heirs. Knole’s owners have abundantly passed on their X chromosomes but have been spectacularly unsuccessful with their Y chromosomes, so much so it has been almost expected for inheritance to slip sideways from uncle to nephew. Knole was one of the very first great houses to pass into the keeping of the National Trust and Robert Sackville-West is very generous in his description of the relationship between the owners, the estate, and the Trust. " ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
This book wasn't quite what I had expected, much more about the history of the Sackvilles than about Knole itself and not enough photographs, drawings, maps or floorplans etc to give one an idea of the place. All we get is the author's words (well-written ones, but still) and some paintings of the former inhabitants.

Things improve in the last third of the book when the author's own memories of the house are brought to light as well as other eye-witness accounts (especially those of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf) but I really would've wished for more details (and illustrations) concerning the house, gardens, estate and every-day life rather then the political and economical wranglings of the Sackvilles. I understand the author's fascination with his family history but for an outsider Knole the house is far more interesting. ( )
  Vaysh | Jan 7, 2013 |
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In the side chapel of the parish church at Withyham in Sussex, a magnificent stained-glass window provides a genealogy of the Sackville family, with an inscription that reads 'Nobilis familia Sackville hic expectat resurrectionem' - 'Here the noble Sackville family await the resurrection.'
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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 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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