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Boughton House

Tessa Murdoch

Boughton House: The English Versailles, by Tessa Murdoch, looks at the magnificent Boughton House and its furnishings, the unique story of its architecture and its grounds, its founders and its builders.

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Boughton House in Northamptonshire is a house of contrasts. Its magnificent, and at the same time, formal exterior in the French style gives little hint of the rambling Tudor manor house embedded within. Involvement with the law and politics at the highest level generated the wealth of its founders and builders, but enlightened artistic patronage and a strong aesthetic sense have been characteristic of many generations of the Dukes of Montagu and of Buccleuch since the 17th century. This book looks at the house and its furnishings.