Reviews

  • Madresfield is a scholarly, evocative and beautifully written study, in which Jane Mulvagh builds up a thrillingly vivid historical portrait . . . Madresfield is a little masterpiece, as rich and rare as the house itself and all its fabulous store of treasures.

    Selina Hastings, Daily Mail
  • Fascinating history of this very private house . . . Mulvagh is a tactful tour-guide with a convincing appreciation of the periods and materials that have enriched the place . . . she sets the reader at ease, and generally knows how to prick our interest . . . lays out for the first time the full heartbreaking background.

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph
  • Covers 1,000 years or so of country house history, and comes crammed with eccentric earls and fanatic law-suits . . . the seductions of the house itself: its lavishly ornamented chapel, its antique Book of Hours, its relics from the heady days of the Oxford Movement . . . burned in Waugh's imagination for over a decade, eventually emerging to give Brideshead Revisited its setting and a fair amount of its cast and paraphernalia . . . a high-class guidebook in which the human exhibits can be quite as exotic as the objets d'art.

    D J Taylor, Independent on Sunday
  • A delightful work of social history, beautifully written.

    Daily Express
  • The house has its own tantalising tales to tell...Mulvagh vivdly brings to life the dramatic history of one of Britain's oldest landed families.

    Tatler

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