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The Arundells of Wardour, by Barry Williamson (BA 1964)

4 August 2011

Eventful and colourful history of the Arundell family, landed gentry based at Wardour Castle, south-west Wiltshire (UK), from the 16th to 20th century, engagingly written for the general reader but fully referenced for the scholar.

An eventful and colourful history of the Arundell family, landed gentry based at Wardour Castle, south-west Wiltshire (UK), from the 16th to 20th century, engagingly written for the general reader but fully referenced for the scholar.

Few west-country families can have had so turbulent a history as the Arundells, whose seat was Wardour Castle in south Wiltshire. Tudor opulence and military catastrophe in the Civil War were followed by the building of the largest Georgian mansion in Wiltshire and a spectacular bankruptcy.

The last lord Arundell died in 1944 on his return from German prison camps. Throughout the centuries the Arundells were steadfast in their loyalty to the Catholic faith. Barry Williamson, a history teacher, spent his childhood in a village on the edge of the Wardour estate, and so began a lifelong interest in the Arundells. With profound historical insight and an eloquent narrative style he has produced this fascinating and definitive account of a remarkable family through five centuries.