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Amazon The Fate of the English Country House
by David Littlejohn

How do you manage to keep a real English Country House from falling down?

Amazon The Four Books on Architecture by Andrea Palladio, Robert Tavernor (Translator), Richard Schofield

The best of classical architecture, through the lens of Renaissance Italy


Country Houses of England Country Houses of England (Specials) by Barbara Stoeltie, Angelica Taschen, and Renee Stoeltie
The Polite Tourist The Polite Tourist: Four Centuries of Country House Visiting by Adrian Tinniswood
Country house visiting is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities. It is, moreover, an activity that can boast a surprisingly long history. This book examines how the idea of a national heritage has developed over the last five centuries.


The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home by Peter Mandler
How much do the British really care about their stately homes? In this wide-ranging account of the changing fortunes and status of the stately homes of England over the past two centuries, Peter Mandler melds social, cultural, artistic and political perspectives and reveals much about the relationship of the nation to its past and its traditional ruling elite.
Classical Architecture; The Poetics of Order by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre (Contributor)

An overview of the principals of classical architecture with many good illustrations
Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History by Mark Girouard

The English country house has flourished over the centuries because of its ability to adapt to the changes in English society. This book is an account of the ways in which the upper-class life style were reflected in the houses in which the wealthy and powerful lived.

The English Country House, A Grand Tour by Gervase Jackson-Stops and James Pipkin
This splendid survey of the English country house reveals a heritage that is rich beyond measure. Proceeding through the houses room by room, this picture-filled volume vividly records the skills of the architects, artists, and craftsmen who made the English country house the envy of the world. Changing styles are traced, from medieval manors and Baroque residences to the Palladian, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles of the golden age of the country house--the Georgian period.
Great Houses of England and Wales by Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd and Christopher S. Sykes
In this chronological selection of 32 of the most notable houses of England and Wales, the authors present a panoramic history of the "great house". The original photographs include examples of English art and architecture, from medieval stone to the excesses of High Victorian taste.
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