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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
 
 
Author
Catherine Bailey.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780143124733
Pages/Publication Date 465/2013
Daedalus Item Code 49099
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When the 9th Duke of Rutland died alone in the cramped family archives in 1940, his son and heir Charles ordered the room sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey—one of the first historians allowed inside—discovered a mystery involving one of the most powerful families in British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. The 9th Duke—who had devoted his entire adult life to organizing and cataloging several hundred years' worth of family correspondence—had erased three periods of his own life from the record. Bailey gives us a portrait of the very cream of British society—a tale filled with fascinating real-life characters, a mysterious death, family secrets, and numerous affairs.

"In pages more reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe than Evelyn Waugh ... [this book] reminds us why this seemingly insignificant story bears telling."—NYTBR

"Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris—à la Downton Abbey—emerges."—Booklist

 
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