Coolness under fire

25 June 2011 12:00 am

The early 19th century was the age of the dandy, and the essence of dandyism was cool self-control.


Girls from the golden West

14 August 2010 12:00 am

Who was the first American to marry an English duke? Most students of the peerage would say it was Consuelo Yzagna who married the eldest son of the Duke of Manchester in 1876.


The pride of the Sackvilles

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Knole is a country house the size of a small village in the Kent countryside.


A bolt from the blue

21 April 2010 12:00 am

The memoirs of the Grand Duchess Olga are an entertaining record for anyone interested in the imperial family’s home life during the last years of Russian autocracy.


Celebration of old times

13 January 2010 12:00 am

Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, by Antonia Fraser

Not perfect freedom

30 December 2009 12:00 am

‘Servants’ and ‘service’ have not always meant ‘servility’.

Ignoble nobles

30 December 2009 12:00 am

Badly behaved toffs have been a gift to writers since ancient times, and in English from Chaucer to Waugh.

Adored friends

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Years ago the late ‘Brookie’ Warwick, 8th Earl, asked me to ghost his memoirs.

A bit of a dog’s dinner

30 September 2009 12:00 am

Every schoolboy knows that the two most delightful breeds of dog are the Working Clumber Spaniel and the Newfoundland.