Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

Those Wild Wyndhams Three Sisters at the Heart of Power Three sisters beautiful cultured and aristocratic born into immense wealth during the reign of Queen Victoria Their dramatic lives are here unfolded in a rich historical biography certain to appeal

  • Title: Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power
  • Author: Claudia Renton
  • ISBN: 9780007544899
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Three sisters beautiful, cultured and aristocratic, born into immense wealth during the reign of Queen Victoria Their dramatic lives are here unfolded in a rich historical biography certain to appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, Georgiana and Stella Tillyard s Aristocrats.Mary, Madeline and Pamela the three Wyndham sisters were painted by John Singer Sargent in 189Three sisters beautiful, cultured and aristocratic, born into immense wealth during the reign of Queen Victoria Their dramatic lives are here unfolded in a rich historical biography certain to appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, Georgiana and Stella Tillyard s Aristocrats.Mary, Madeline and Pamela the three Wyndham sisters were painted by John Singer Sargent in 1899 For The Times it was, quite simply, the greatest picture of modern times But these beautiful, fin de siecle gentlewomen came to epitomize a vanished world The languor of their pose reflects the leisured, gilded, existence of the late Victorian aristocracy that was to be dealt a deathblow by the First World War.Yet the lives of these three Wyndham sisters were far turbulent than their air of calm suggests Brought up in artistic circles, their childhood was liberal and romantic Their parents were intimate friends with the Pre Raphaelites and the girls grew to become leaders of the aesthetic movement Bowing to convention, they made excellent marriages but found emotional support from others Mary with Arthur Balfour and the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt Pamela with Liberal statesman and ornithologist Edward Grey Their liaisons shocked society, while the First World War devastated their way of life Those Wild Wyndhams is their first ever biography, and is based on the many letters they have left behind compelling, humorous and brilliantly illuminating This sparkling debut by Claudia Renton captures them and their age in an unforgettable piece of historical and political biography.

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    1. The Wyndham Sisters, 1899 by John Singer Sargent: (l-r) Madeline (1869-1941), Pamela (1871-1928) and Mary (1862-1937). Photograph: Alamy Description: Three sisters – beautiful, cultured and aristocratic, born into immense wealth during the reign of Queen Victoria. Their dramatic lives are here unfolded in a rich historical biography certain to appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, ‘Georgiana’ and Stella Tillyard’s ‘Aristocrats’.Mary, Madeline and Pamela – the three Wyndham sisters – w [...]


    2. In 1898, John Singer Sargent began the portrait of three sisters: Mary, Madeline and Pamela Wyndham. The Wyndham Sisters was heralded as Sargent’s masterpiece, with the Prince of Wales calling it, “The Three Graces.” In this book, the author chronicles the times of these three cultured, beautiful and aristocratic women, who as members of The Souls, mixed with those in positions of political influence, as well as artistic circles.This book straddles both the Victorian and Edwardian age. Par [...]


    3. This was one of those biographies that started out really well but kind of faded for me. I was fascinated by the early history of the Wyndhams and the many family tentacles that reached into power and politics during the late Victorian period, particularly Margaret (eldest sister) and her relationship with Arthur Balfour - whippings and all!!! That archetypical bedhopper Wilfred Blunt turned up yet again, I don't seem to be able to read a bio without coming across him. This time he managed to ha [...]


    4. I have finished reading Those Non-wild Wyndhams. What can I say but for the first half of the book the girls were spoilt over indulged with more money than sense individuals. The cover praise claims "Hilarious, Heartbreaking and Completely Absorbing" well I couldn't find anything hilarious in the book. True enough there was sadness in the death of a little child and the horrors of the First World War in the second part of the book. But it wasn't very absorbing. It was well written but I didn't f [...]



    5. "A gilded family of remarkable women"By sally tarbox on 11 January 2018Format: Kindle EditionI really enjoyed this biography of the three Wyndham sisters, (and their two brothers) born to a wealthy, bohemian family in the 1860s. From their childhood, marriages - happy and not - love affairs and children, to their friends and associates. As part of the intellectual 'Souls' set, they mixed with politicians, artists and other notables.It's quite touchingly written as the three bright young things l [...]



    6. The Wyndham sisters - Mary, Madeline and Pamela - occupied a special place in the pre-war British aristocracy - the tip of the top, one might say. Born into wealth and privilege, they were young, beautiful, educated yet bohemian, enchanting. They were the central hub of the 'Souls', the exclusive and eccentric intellectual clique that numbered many of the era's most celebrated names amongst its ranks - Lord Curzon, Arthur Balfour, Margot Asquith, Violet Manners, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. And yet lik [...]


    7. This was a perfect introduction to late 19th century /pre-WWI politics in Britain with the added insight of the personal experience of a class of women living through the family traumas of the times. I'm not convinced about the degree of political significance of the 'Souls' group who appear to be mainly united by their friendship with one or other of the sisters and the jury's out about the influence wielded by the sisters on their fellow group members, lovers or otherwise. But Renton writes wi [...]


    8. As an American, basically everything in this book was new to me. I started it while in the midst of a "thing" for guilded era society women, but got a heavy dose of British political history as well. It was surprising, especially since I have a strange aversion to everything related to both World Wars, but I am glad to have read this and learned more about a topic I usually avoid! I really enjoyed seeing so many huge national and international political issues presented from the personal perspec [...]


    9. As someone who devoured Stella Tillyards "Aristocrats" and Mary Lovell's "The Mitford Girls", I found "Those Wild Wyndhams" disappointing. Renton tells the story in so linear a fashion that I felt she never scratched the surface of her subject. The reader is propelled forward through time at such a rate without ever really getting to know the sisters.The chapter covering the First World War is by far the most interesting and left me with an urge to read more about the Bright Young Things who fol [...]


    10. After a while I wondered why I was bothering to read about these people. Immensely wealthy and privileged, they were part of the "Souls", an elite group whose menfolk ruled the country. They had silly nicknames - Bim, Bibs, Mananai - and believed that they were born to rule. But their stories take us through that period of history which saw huge change in attitudes, and it was valuable reading for that reason.


    11. I don't know if I was simply not in the mood for biography, for reading this was an underwhelming experience. Amanda Foreman is quoted on the front cover "hilarious, heartbreaking and completely absorbing ". I didn't experience much hilarity or heartbreak. Amanda Foreman, on the other hand, has written an absorbing historical biography, "Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire ". My advice: stick with Amanda.


    12. An excellent read, even if all those names at the beginning were rather hard to assimilate and one continually consulted the convenient family tree. Probably the best book on 'The Souls' I have read. Although the characters are incredibly spoilt, the characterization is so good that you become fond of them all and rush to '' to see what happened to their children and grandchildren!


    13. I hugely enjoyed this portrait of late Edwardian life and the impact on it of the dreadful 1914-8 war - as seen through the eyes of the Wyndham family. Like claire Renton I am just finishing my first book and am not surprised to read that it took eight years to research, write and publish this work of scholarship. I am delighted that Claire persevered.


    14. 29th Aug-1st Sep 2017Very evocative of the period.29th-31st March 2015An absolutely fascinating story of late Victorian and Edwardian British aristocratic society. Would have been improved with a list of all the many people mentioned including their ridiculous nicknames. An epilogue would also have been fitting to tie up all the loose ends. As such I'll have to go on !


    15. Generally enjoyable and the 100+ pages of references and sources show how much work the author put into this. However, I just wasn't that interested in the sisters and their various relationships. It also didn't help that so many people had the same name eg mothers and daughters with the same name, although not much the author can do about that!


    16. I loved this book as I'm particularly interested in this period of English history as it was a period of great change and social reform. Well researched it is accurate interesting and an easy read. I was disappointed when I'd finished it.


    17. Very enjoyable - and I can see why it took so many years to write.A little dry around the political sections - they were necessary to put the whole story of the Wyndhams into context but they were the weak part of the book.


    18. I picked this book up by chance in Borzoi Books in Stow and was absolutely captivated. This is exactly the sort of biography I would like to write. I knew nothing about these women, but now I know who lived at Stanway House, which fascinates me when I drive past, and now I'm planning my visit!


    19. Surprisingly interesting from start to finish. Lots of meaty anecdotes and info about the time period.


    20. Lots of details, historical information and famous people mentioned. A real insight into the lifestyles of the rich and nobility of this time. A few more photos would have been good.


    21. Not very much about the sisters more about British government/politics. The girls didn't seem to be that wild, just a few affairs.


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