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The Dukes
  • Published: 8 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446426319
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

The Dukes




'An excellent book. I found it completely fascinating, with new and delightful information on every page' - Auberon Waugh

The origins of the non-royal dukes in the British peerage divide nicely into Tudor looters, Royal bastards, opportunist generals, territorial, metropolitan or Scottish magnates. Lloyd George said that a duke, fully equipped, cost more than a dreadnought to maintain and with their palaces, possessions and retinues, they are nearly all splendid. Some of them are, of course, now poor; some of them have great wealth; some of them hit every headline and others are obscure. But within each duchy, Brian Masters tells the story of quaint grandees determined to survive.

The Dukes is an essential guide that provides vital biographical information and explores the history of the dukes in unprecedented depth. This revised edition includes new information which was not available on first publication, and brings up to date the accounts of families whose titles have passed to a subsequent generation in the intervening years.

  • Published: 8 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446426319
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Brian Masters

Brian Masters has written over twenty books on subjects as diverse as French literature, the dukedoms in Great Britain, E.F. Benson and Marie Corelli. His groundbreaking study of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen, Killing for Company, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 1985. He is also highly regarded for his journalism.

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Praise for The Dukes

Excellent mightily researched and readable. Absorbing through so many pages

Scotsman

Splendidly painstaking and enormously readable

Arthur Marshall, New Statesman

With a keen sense of precedence and an admirable grasp of the British peerage system, he darts from duke to duke... racing up and down the genealogies

The Economist

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