St. Martin's Griffin
For nine hundred years, the British aristocracy has considered itself ideally qualified to rule others, make laws, and guide the fortunes of the nation. Impeccably researched, Aristocrats is a history of the British elite's civil wars, its conquests, and its actions of both selflessness and greed. Lawrence James illuminates how the aristocracy’s infatuation with classical art has forged British heritage, how its love of sport has shaped British pastimes and values, and how its scandals have entertained the public.
“[A] great, sweeping survey of the ups and downs of the British aristocracy.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Anyone who indulges in modern interpretations of Tudor courts or relishes details of British historical undercurrents should enjoy James’s take on the power behind the British throne.” —Publishers Weekly
“This is a stylish, intelligent, and readable book.” —The New York Times Book Review on The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Power, Grace, and Decadence: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present