The Lygons were the inspiration and model for the doomed Marchmain family in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited: Waugh was a regular visitor in the 1930s, one in a long line of writers, composers, painters, royals, and rebels who passed through Madresfield's doors.
Now, Jane Mulvagh has been given access to this very special house, still lived in by the 28th generation of Lygons. Drawing on a unique and virtually unknown archive that dates back to the Conquest, she illuminates a rich and dramatic history.
"Her animating touch resuscitates the past and reclads a troop of haughty ghosts in fallible flesh." (Guardian)
"Mulvagh is a tactful tour-guide with a convincing appreciation of the periods and materials that have enriched the place." (Telegraph)