Baker & Taylor Chronicles the history of one of England's most magnificent houses, from its construction nearly 400 years ago to its present-day reconstruction
Blackwell North Amer Daughter of David Cecil, Lord Burghley, and sixth Marquess of Exeter, Lady Victoria Leatham lives in her family's towering, palatial Elizabethan family home, Burghley House. Lady Victoria first moved into Burghley as a child, in 1956; in 1982 she returned as an adult, with a husband, two children, and several dogs, to begin the restoration of one of England's most magnificent houses and to build a home for her family amid the opulence and splendor of a bygone era. In Life in Burghley, Lady Victoria Leatham recounts the history both of the house - from its construction nearly four hundred years ago by William Cecil - and of many of the precious family heirlooms that adorn its capacious rooms. Home to one of the most valuable collections of seventeenth-century art anywhere in the world, Burghley is widely considered to be the most spectacular surviving house of the Elizabethan age. Lady Victoria Leatham writes candidly and wittily of the struggles and triumphs she has encountered in restoring the uncommonly beautiful house of her forefathers, and of a life spent among villagers and artisans, servants and aristocrats, even royalty, richly and amusingly reminiscent of Upstairs, Downstairs and Chariots of Fire. With delicious stories, lavish color photographs, and informal family portraits, Life at Burghley captures the history of an exceptional family and its extraordinary home.