By Catherine Bailey
From the New York Times–bestselling writer of The mystery Rooms, the extreme actual tale of the downfall of 1 of England’s wealthiest families
Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to source for attention-grabbing, real-life tales of the dazzling lives led by means of England’s aristocrats. With the novelistic aptitude and knack for historic element Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The mystery Rooms, Black Diamonds presents a page-turning chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth property, the biggest deepest domestic in England.
When the 6th Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left in the back of the second one greatest property in twentieth-century England, worth greater than £3 billion of today’s money—a lifeline to the tens of hundreds of thousands of people that labored both within the family’s coal mines or on their expansive property. The earl additionally left at the back of 4 sons, and the kinfolk line appeared guaranteed. yet was once it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam relatives historical past, she uncovers a legacy riddled with sour feuds, scandals (including Peter Fitzwilliam’s ill-fated affair with American heiress Kick Kennedy), and civil unrest because the clash among the coal and its miners got here to a head. once more, Bailey has written an impossible to resist and impressive narrative historical past.
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