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The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England

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The remarkable story of one English family during the tumultuous seventeenth century, as revealed through their original letters and documents, which paint an extraordinarily accurate and detailed picture of life in England, Europe, and even the American colonies. To know the Verneys is to know the seventeenth century, Adrian Tinniswood writes in this brilliant new book. The Verney family's centuries-long practice of saving every piece of paper that came into their possession-amassing some 100,000 pages of family and estate letters and documents-resulted in the largest and most complete private collection of seventeenth-century correspondence in the Western world to date. Given exclusive access to these documents, Tinniswood draws a sweeping portrait of the Verneys and the world among Buckinghamshire gentry in which they lived. In vivid detail Tinniswood introduces us to generations of the family: We meet Edmund Verney, King Charles I's standard bearer, who died in battle during the English Civil War in 1642 (his hand still clutching the king's standard). Edmund's son and heir, Ralph, struggled to hold the family together after his father's death, but lost the respect of his brothers and sisters because he alone of the family supported the Parliamentarian cause. Parliament, however, suspicious of his royalist connections, hounded him and his family into exile. Ralph's sons fared both better and worse than their father: Jack went to Syria and made a fortune, while Edmund married a girl who was rich, beautiful, and deeply in love with him-but within months of the marriage she succumbed to insanity. Rigorouslyresearched, intensely insightful, and alive with drama, The Verneys is narrative history at its very best: fascinating, surprising, and enthralling.

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The New Yorker) drawn from an unprecedented number of personal papers.

The Verneys had a country estate, a seat in Parliament, and an astonishing habit: for four centuries generations of the family saved every piece of correspondence that came into their possession. The result is the largest private collection of letters and documents in the world—an extraordinary foundation for Adrian Tinniswoo‛s family chronicle, one that“breathes life into the turbulent history of an entire centur” (Ross King, author of Brunellesch‛s Dome).

About the Author

Adrian Tinniswood is the author of more than a dozen books, including By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London. He is a consultant to Britai‛s National Trust.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594483097
Subtitle:
A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England
Author:
Tinniswood, Adrian
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Modern - 17th Century
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Great britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
8.98x6.02x1.25 in. 1.35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The Verneys had a country estate, a seat in Parliament, and an astonishing habit: for four centuries generations of the family saved every piece of correspondence that came into their possession. The result is the largest private collection of letters and documents in the world—an extraordinary foundation for Adrian Tinniswoo‛s family chronicle, one that“breathes life into the turbulent history of an entire centur” (Ross King, author of Brunellesch‛s Dome).

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