Author(s): PAKENHAM VALERIE
The big Irish House has haunted the Irish landscape and Irish imagination for nearly four hundred years. Gaelic poets cursed or celebrated its power. Irish historians have debated its role for good or ill in the countryside. And generations of Irish novelists have made it a central presence in their books. In this anthology the idiosyncratic life in the Big House is portrayed in a chronological structure creating a documentary history full of splendour and tragedy. This fascinating book is illustrated with contemporary drawings, engravings, maps and paintings and by Thomas Pakenham s evocative photographs.
An unmitigated delight - THE IRISH TIMES Cram-full of primary sources, skilfully organized, this is a valuable work of social history. - HOUSE & GARDEN Valerie Pakenham's big book is a fine contribution to the literature of the Irish country house, its inhabitants and their ways. - LITERARY REVIEW a carefully edited compendium of quotes and observations... - HISTORY TODAY.
Valerie Pakenham is married to Thomas Pakenham with whom she compiled DUBLIN: A TRAVELLER'S COMPANION. Her first book was THE NOONDAY SUN: EDWARDIANS IN THE TROPICS. Thomas Pakenham's books include THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA, THE BOER WAR and the bestselling MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE TREES. They live in Tullynally Castle in County Westmeath, one of the Big Houses of Ireland.