From Roman villas to Downton Abbey: Britain’s country houses

Clive Aslet traces Britain’s 2,000-year love affair with the country house, and what it reveals about the nation’s evolving political landscape

An archetypal country house in its grounds, in the mist

Clive Aslet, author of The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People, reveals how Britain’s attitude to its stately piles has reflected the nation’s evolving political and economic landscape over the past 2,000 years.

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Clive Aslet is the author of The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People (Yale, 2021)