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Beschreibung des Verlags

By the start of the 18th century, England had recovered from one of the most tumultuous periods in its history and was heading into the future with a new sense of unity. The civil wars were over, and despite some royals' unpopular tendency toward Catholicism and absolutism, the House of Stuart had survived the beheading of Charles I and the overthrow of James VII and II. William and Mary brought a period of reconciliation and stability, and following their deaths, the throne was inherited by Mary's sister, Anne. Under Anne, the Kingdoms of England and Scotland were formally united as a nation. The Acts of Union of 1707 created a single kingdom, that of Great Britain.

At the same time, the "political union" also meant a union of the armed forces, and though both developments had been happening informally in the preceding years, they were now made official. Moving forward, there would be a British nation, and just as the nation was uniting, its armies came under the leadership of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, one of the most outstanding generals in British history.

John Churchill was born in 1650 into a noble family from Devon in the south of England. His father, Sir Winston Churchill, had sided with the Royalists in the civil wars, and the fines he had to pay for this left the family relatively poor by English aristocratic standards. The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 went some ways to boosting the family's fortunes. 

In 1685, Churchill's longstanding patron became King James II and VII. Churchill’s military successes would also earn him the title of Duke of Marlborough, and after the victorious Battle of Blenheim, one of England’s greatest residences was to be built for him to commemorate the success.

The English Baroque jewel in Oxfordshire, known to the locals as the fabled Blenheim Palace, is without question one of the finest buildings in the country, and even those who have never been there in person have likely seen it at some point or another in passing. The stunning structure has been photographed and documented countless times, and it can be seen in the backdrop of numerous international blockbuster hits, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Avengers, The Four Feathers, Gulliver's Travels, Lord of the Apes, and The Legend of Tarzan, to name a few. 

This majestic manor, the only non-royal estate in England to be categorized as a palace, is far more than just an attractive landmark. In fact, it is a place with enough history to fill an endless number of books. Blenheim Palace: The History and Legacy of the Only Non-Royal Palace in England examines the estate's architectural history, the toxic friendship that nearly upended the entire project, and the historic events that transpired within the palace's walls. You will learn about the Blenheim Palace like never before.

Jim D. Johnston
Std. Min.
8. Oktober
Charles River Editors