I would recommend this book again and again to anyone with a love of history and architecture.
Mark Girouard, an architectural historian, has traced the roles of form and function in England's Great Houses in this densely illustrated, sensitively written book.
Just what I always wanted to know....It brings you back into the times of Mr.Darcy, yet it is more the just entertaining.
Clear, concise, with amazing illustrations, this was a fascinating read from page one to The End. The sections were well organized and the author deserves credit for making what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Voracious Reader!
Covers the development of the English country house in detail, with particular attention to the internal lay out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Exiled warrior
If you wish to read extensively on the evolution of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, this is an erudite, lucid and compelling read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Just what I always wanted to know....It brings you back into the times of Mr.Darcy, yet it is more the just entertaining. Great book!Published 10 months ago by Victoria Zlotkowski
Any "Downton Abbey" fans reading this? Welcome to an ideal television/movie tie-in volume, never intended as such. Unlike most TV-related works, this is no instant book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chimonsho
Mark Girouard's books are really wonderful for anyone interested in Architecture, interior design, history or Life in the English country. Read morePublished 12 months ago by maid in america
This book shows how the English country house was a machine that provided the tools necessary to rule the countryside. The focus is on the household as a whole. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Smith-Peter
My copy was worse than just a little smelly - it was mildewed, the pages were warped, and I would have needed to read it with a hazmat suit. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. J. Warner
This is a nice little gem. Lots of information included that I haven't seen elsewhere. Written by an authority figure. I would buy it again in a heart beat.Published on April 23, 2012 by The Sassy Countess