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Mistress of Charlecote: The Memoirs of Mary Elizabeth Lucy Paperback – April 4, 2002

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About the Author

Alice, Lady Fairfax-Lucy, who died in 1993 was the daughter of John Buchan. She married Brian Fairfax-Lucy, great-grandson of the author of these memoirs, in the late 1930s and was herself mistress of Charlecote Park.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (April 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book! Having just toured the Charlecote Estate in England naturally added to my enjoyment but I feel anyone who loves history would find it facinating. I loved it so much I sent four copies to friends. Mary Elizabeth Lucy's memoirs were discovered in a desk many years after her death and read like a novel. She described in detail her life of high society at the time, hobnobbing with kings and queens. Parties and entertaining were the center of life at the estate. But, there was much sadness, too, as they lost many in the family to sickness and you wonder how she endured it all. Traveling was done in coaches or they walked and even having servants constantly in attendance wasn't enough to make it seem an easy life! This book is a fast read and sometimes you wonder if you can take one more death but MEL's spirit is so strong and she has such humor about many tales she tells, it is all worth the trip back in time. There are photos of the people she writes about which brings the story to life for the reader.
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Not, perhaps, the most exciting of memoirs but all the more useful for that. Memoirs are usually the work of exceptional people telling of the extraordinary events of their lives. This, on the other hand, is a fascinating glimpse into the ordinary life (at least, ordinary for the wealthy upper class) of the 19th century seen through the eyes of an ordinary woman of that class. Historic events, political struggles, cultural milestones— none of these are even mentioned. Her only concern is for her family. A useful reminder that what we think of as "history" is a matter of indifference to most people who live through it.
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