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A History Of The Dukes of Bolton 1600-1815 (Hardback)

Love Loyalty

British History P&S History Social History 18th Century 17th Century 19th Century

By Joanne Major, Sarah Murden
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 32 colour
ISBN: 9781473863507
Published: 8th January 2021

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Discover over two hundred years of fascinating history relating to one of Great Britain’s foremost aristocratic dynasties, the (Orde-) Powletts, for several generations the Dukes of Bolton. The family motto, Love Loyalty, references their devotion to the monarchy, but it applies equally to their hearts. Willing to risk all in the pursuit of love, this is the previously untold story of the Dukes of Bolton and their ancestors.

As the title suggests, this book covers the people who would become the Dukes of Bolton. It starts around the start of the Stuart dynasty and continues on through when they were finally granted the peerage and the eventual decline of it. The family was extremely interesting. They lived through so much and had such interesting lives on their own.

NetGalley, Caidyn Young

Think that dukes are all stuffy and boring? Think again! From suicides to run away lovers, and more - the Dukes of Bolton has had an interesting and colorful history.

Through this book, you are going to watch as the family expands their holdings, survives the English Civil War, and navigates the murky waters that inevitably surrounds the monarchy - you can watch the family evolve and conform to the rules of society at the time. They were unafraid to push their agenda's, and even lie about being ill in order to hedge their bets against the ruling monarch at the time. Intrigue runs deep with this family!

It was highly informative with lots of great facts thrown in! I highly recommend this!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

About Joanne Major

Joanne Major and Sarah Murden are Lincolnshire based ‘super sleuthing’ historians, who enjoy nothing more than bringing the Georgian era to life through their books and blog, All Things Georgian. Their lives were changed forever when they (metaphorically) bumped into an eighteenth-century courtesan.


A History Of The Dukes of Bolton 1600-1815 is their fifth book together and delves even further back in history looking at a ducal family with a long and illustrious pedigree.


 Sarah Murden

About Sarah Murden

Joanne Major and Sarah Murden are Lincolnshire based ‘super sleuthing’ historians, who enjoy nothing more than bringing the Georgian era to life through their books and blog, All Things Georgian. Their lives were changed forever when they (metaphorically) bumped into an eighteenth-century courtesan.


A History Of The Dukes of Bolton 1600-1815 is their fifth book together and delves even further back in history looking at a ducal family with a long and illustrious pedigree.


Click here to listen to Sarah Murden on the English Heritage podcast.

2nd Duke of Bolton dies

21st January 1722

Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton died 21 January 1722. He was famously described by Queen Anne (of House Stuart) as “a great booby and a lewd, viscous man”.


Death of Lavinia Fenton

24th January 1760

Lavinia Fenton, died 24 January 1760. Lavinia had been a child prostitute, a waitress, and a barmaid before becoming an actress. She would run away with her lover Charles Powlett, 3rd Duke of Bolton, a man twenty-three years older than herself in 1728 after one of her performances.


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