GREAT BRITAIN: Of Death & Taxes

Of all the stately homes of England, perhaps the stateliest is Chatsworth, a vast Palladian palace set on 50,000 acres of park and woodland, which for generations has been the family seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, whose family name is Cavendish. The first earl, who was one of Henry VIII's bullyboys, began amassing the huge family fortune by taking over some of the prize abbey lands confiscated during Henry's fight with Rome. The Devonshires came to epitomize the British landed aristocracy, and became famous for their arrogant eccentricities.

The present Chatsworth,...

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