From Cheryl Nicol:
I thought the readers of the South Wraxall news blog might be interested in my new book on the Long family, just published.
Inheriting the Earth: The Long family’s 500 year reign in Wiltshire
Publisher: Hobnob Press
Available from Amazon and other online booksellers
Described by the BBC in 2011 (The Country House Revealed) as ‘one of the most powerful dynasties in England’, the Long family of Wiltshire derived enormous power and prestige from land ownership.
Ambitious and power-hungry, they became Wiltshire’s administrative and political backbone, taking a prominent role throughout the turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts.
‘Trusty and welbeloved’ by Henry VIII, the early knights in the family were rewarded handsomely for their loyalty. But there was no love lost between Charles I and Sir Walter Long, imprisoned in the Tower for his role in the most infamous event in Parliament’s history.
The Longs endured despite a family curse, a bitter feud, murder, civil war, treasonous plots and the biggest scandal of the Georgian era. One hundred years later their empire was little more than a crumbling ruin.
Spanning five centuries, more than a dozen monarchs and a revolution in land ownership, Inheriting the Earth explores the forces and characters that shaped a once powerful family.
You can find more details about the book here.