By David Long

A lighthearted, witty, yet actual biographical account of the eccentric existence of the developers and citizens of 100 kingdom houses

Extraordinary constructions require remarkable humans, and over the centuries historical homes have produced greater than their justifiable share of oddballs. Insulated from the skin global by way of large wealth, rolling acres, and the social prestige identify implies, aristocrats have continuously been capable of amuse themselves—and now the reader—by pursuing idiosyncratic pursuits and manias to the purpose of eccentricity. The twelfth Duke of Bedford, for instance, most well liked parrots to humans, forcing his kids to scouse borrow the birds' nutrition to make up their meager rations, whereas the fifth Duke of Portland paid his employees an advantage at the realizing they might by no means communicate to him. The Hon. Henry Cavendish inherited £200 million at modern-day values, yet by no means spent greater than 5 shillings on dinner, whereas extra lately the second Lord Rothschild spent weeks education a staff of zebra to drag his carriage up the Mall and into Buckingham Palace. This strange history lifts the lid on all that is extraordinary, improbable, unthinkable, and downright wacky approximately excellent history houses and their strange occupants.

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