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Londonderry books: Maps
Londonderry books: History & Heritage
The decline and fall of the British aristocracy looked headlong and irreversible in the 20th century. Yet many grandees tried to preserve their power, wealth and influence by every means - and with some success - and there is no better example than Lord Londonderry, whose life from 1878 to 1949 spanned and mirrored the period. The Londonderrys had enjoyed immense wealth in land and minerals in Britain and Ireland, played leading roles in Parliament and the state, and in an earlier time Lord Londonderry would have continued in the family tradition of patrician prominence. N.C. Fleming, drawing upon original state and family papers, places the Londonderrys in historical context and shows their constant struggle - and not without success - against marginalisation. The theme runs through Lord Londonderry's varied career as Conservative MP, Ulster Unionist politician, junior minister in Lloyd George's coalition, at the Air Ministry with Trenchard - the 'father of the RAF' - and as a Cabinet minister in the MacDonald-Baldwin National Government. His eventual disgrace as a Nazi appeaser was in sharp contrast to past family achievement.
Publication: May 25, 2005
Londonderry books: Biographies
At the age of twenty-one, Edith Chaplin married one of the most eligible bachelors of the day, the eldest son of the sixth Marquess of Londonderry. Her husband served in the Ulster cabinet and was Air Minister in the National Government of 1934-5. Edith founded the Women's Legion during the First World War and was also an early campaigner for women's suffrage. She created the renowned Mount Stewart Gardens in County Down that are now owned by the National Trust. All her life, Edith remained at the heart of politics both in Westminster and Ireland. She is perhaps best known for her role as 'society's queen' - a hostess to the rich and famous. Her close circle of friends included Winston Churchill, Lady Astor, Neville Chamberlain and Harold Macmillan who congregated in her salon, known as 'The Ark'. Other members included artists and writers such as John Buchan, Sean O'Casey. Britain's first Labour prime minister, Ramsey MacDonald, became romantically obsessed by her.
Publication: June 3, 2004
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