Black Diamonds

Black Diamonds

The Rise and Fall of An English Dynasty

Book - 2008
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Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just a hundred years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. Black Diamonds tells of the Fitzwilliams' spectacular decline- of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love, war heroism; a tragic connection to the Kennedys; violent death; mining poverty and squalor; and a class way that literally ripped apart the local landscape. The demise of Wentworth and the Fitzwilliams is a riveting account of aristocratic decline and fall, set in the grandest house in England.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Penguin Books, 2008, c2007
ISBN: 9780141019239
Branch Call Number: 942.081 FIT BAI
Characteristics: xxiii, 518 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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May 02, 2015

Very interesting account
of the Fitzwilliams family and their wealth and downfall as well as their "downstairs" servants. But I thought the coal miners, their families, the union and fight for a living wage was the most interesting. The relationship between the Fitzwilliams and the miners was also meaningful. Strongly recommend for readers interested in any of these subjects.

Jan 13, 2011

I found this book to be riveting and hard to put down. The author captured the raw emotion, confusion and rebellion of the times accurately and kept the reader's rapt attention. Whether interested in history in general or coal mining history in particular, this is a must read. This the first book written by this author, who has produced documentaries. Her ability to research her subject is very evident.

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