The Mistresses of Cliveden
The Mistresses of Cliveden is the story of four extraordinary women, who over the course of three centuries, shaped British society through scandal, intrigue and political machinations. These women are linked by Cliveden – all four were mistresses of this great stately home.
Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury, (1642-1702) the mistress of the richest man in the country, who was so besotted by her that he built Cliveden as a monument to their scandalous affair;
Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney, (1657-1733) the lover of a king and a threat to the very stability of national politics;
Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, (1806-1868) a glittering society hostess with real political clout, the woman who turned Cliveden into a great political house;
Nancy Astor, (1879-1964) Britain’s first female Member of Parliament, who flirted with Fascism and connived in appeasement, who was one of the most controversial and colourful women in British political history.
The Mistresses of Cliveden provides a fascinating, intimate portrait of the inner workings of a one the great houses in England and the aristocratic women who shaped it.