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Secrets of the Manor House

Secrets of the Manor House
Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British Manor House was at its height. It was a world of luxury that that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume dramas to this day. But what was really going on behind these stately walls and under the servants’ stairs? “Secrets of the Manor House,” looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants. The program covers the background of the British titled class in Edwardian times, the realities for servants working in their estates, the concept of the entail that passed estates to the next generation, the growing influence of American wealth in British aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century, and the impact of the first world war on the social class system evident at a British country house.

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Secrets of Chatsworth Air date: 07-15-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365041717/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained... /episodes/get/9718 /episode/9718 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Chatsworth /episode-player/9718
Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers Air date: 07-08-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365037368/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Dianaâs brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes,... /episodes/get/9649 /episode/9649 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers /episode-player/9649
Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365033713/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace â embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIIIâs decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who... /episodes/get/9603 /episode/9603 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace /episode-player/9603
Secrets of the Manor House Air date: 05-17-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365013357/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Find out what really went on behind the stately walls of the British manor house a century ago. /episodes/get/8766 /episode/8766 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of the Manor House /episode-player/8766
Secrets of Highclere Castle Air date: 01-07-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2320059755/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of âDownton Abbey,â but Englandâs Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the... /episodes/get/6590 /episode/6590 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Highclere Castle /episode-player/6590
Beyond the Fiction Air date: 01-22-2012 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2188820445/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE âDownton Abbey.â But what was really going on... /episodes/get/5398 /episode/5398 Secrets of the Manor House: Beyond the Fiction /episode-player/5398
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Beyond the Fiction
A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE ?Downton Abbey.? But what was really going on...
Air date: 01/22/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2188820445/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE ?Downton Abbey.? But what was really going on... /episodes/get/5398 /episode/5398 Secrets of the Manor House: Beyond the Fiction /episode-player/5398
Secrets of Highclere Castle
It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of ?Downton Abbey,? but England?s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the...
Air date: 01/07/2013
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2320059755/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of ?Downton Abbey,? but England?s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the... /episodes/get/6590 /episode/6590 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Highclere Castle /episode-player/6590
Secrets of the Manor House
Find out what really went on behind the stately walls of the British manor house a century ago.
Air date: 05/17/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365013357/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Find out what really went on behind the stately walls of the British manor house a century ago. /episodes/get/8766 /episode/8766 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of the Manor House /episode-player/8766
Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace
Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace ? embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII?s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who...
Air date: 07/01/2013
Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365033713/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace ? embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII?s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who... /episodes/get/9603 /episode/9603 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace /episode-player/9603
Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers
Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana?s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes,...
Air date: 07/08/2013
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365037368/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana?s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes,... /episodes/get/9649 /episode/9649 Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers /episode-player/9649
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