Publication Date: 28 Jul 2019
Categories: HistoricalISBN: 9781912881499
Kettlethorpe, a modest little group of buildings deep in the English countryside, has housed many lives woven of great events and private joys and griefs. It was the home of Katherine Swynford, perhaps the most romantic figure of medieval times, but before and after her of knights and farmers, soldiers and lawyers, maids and maidservants, whose footsteps echo through the house's history.
In telling the story of Kettlethorpe, this story touches on some of the greatest events in our history, from the Danish invasion and the Norman Conquest to the Battle of Lincoln Fair, the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Civil War. These were events that took place on Kettlethorpe's doorstep.
It passes through the great days of the Georgian country house to the fate of a converted ruin, a farmhouse and dower house for a hunting widow, keeping the estate going until close to the outbreak of the Second World War. A war in which, once more, Lincolnshire - "Bomber County" - would play such an important part.
What's more, this is a story not about the great or whom grand houses were built, but about what Cromwell called "the middling sort" - a little up in some generations, down in others, but with lives always within the compass of our imagination.
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