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Brideshead Revered

David Cannadine

17 March 1983
The Country House 
by James Lees-Milne.
Oxford, 110 pp., £4.50, November 1982, 0 19 214139 2
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English Country Houses and Landed Estates 
by Heather Clemenson.
Croom Helm, 244 pp., £15.95, July 1982, 0 85664 987 2
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The Last Country Houses 
by Clive Aslet.
Yale, 344 pp., £15, October 1982, 0 300 02904 7
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... 1880s, however, such devil-may-care indifference could no longer be successfully sustained, as the landed establishment was increasingly forced on the defensive. Such, at least, is the argument of HeatherClemenson’s admirable study of 500 English landed estates during the last 100 years. The late 19th century, she suggests, was an especially trying time for landowners, as their political power ...

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