Earls of Paradise
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'Driven by a hunger for the past and a fear of the future' in the words of Adam Nicolson, society in 16th- and 17th-century England cherished the ideal of Arcadia. From the birth of the English Renaissance in the 1520s to civil war in the 1640s, Nicolson's study explores that 'dream of perfection' through three generations of one family - the Earls of Pembroke - and their estate at Wilton, with its great house, manors, villages, parks and hunting grounds on the Wiltshire downs. Previously sold in Postscript as Quarrel with the King.