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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

By Evelyn Waugh

The wellsprings of wish and the impediments to like come brilliantly into concentration in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece—a novel that immerses us within the glittering and seductive global of English aristocracy within the waning days of the empire.

Through the tale of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, an exceptional Catholic kin, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged global he knew in his personal early life and vividly recollects the sensuous pleasures denied him by way of wartime austerities. right away romantic, sensuous, comedian, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and divulges him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the maximum feeling and lucidity.

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1; RPD, ii, pp. 1261–2; DURH 3/2, f. 100r. 47 Admittedly some disputes over forfeits show that the bishop’s subjects might be ready to exploit the opposing claims of crown and liberty. Walter Selby forfeited the manor of Felling in 1318 because of his involvement in the ‘rebellion’ of Gilbert Middleton. Edward II granted the manor to Ralph Eppleton, while Beaumont granted it to his kinsman Aimery Trew. Eppleton obtained possession, but he himself forfeited the manor after the battle of Boroughbridge (1322).

J. 034; Year Books of the Reign of King Edward the Third: Year XVII, ed. L. O. Pike (RS, 1901), pp. 472–5. On the origin and meaning of these expressions, see J. W. Alexander, ‘The English palatinates and Edward I’, JBS, 22 (1983), pp. 1–22; J. Scammell, ‘The origin and limitations of the liberty of Durham’, EHR, 81 (1966), pp. 450–2. CCR 1349–54, p. 015. indd 19 4/3/10 16:12:50 BORDER LIBERTIES AND LOYALTIES present study: the liberty’s position in relation to the crown, the strength of its institutions, the structure of lordship and society, and the impact of the ‘law-state’ and ‘war-state’.

24 Brancepeth and Raby were at the heart of the Nevilles’ interests, but they also had extensive estates in Yorkshire, centred on Sheriff Hutton and Middleham. Other magnate families, conversely, had estates in the bishopric that were of very little significance in comparison to their other properties. 25 Ralph Fitzwilliam (d. 26 For all these reasons, Tyne and Tees did not neatly delimit a landed society. Most of the liberty’s magnates, and a number of its gentry, were accustomed to moving between different social and jurisdictional worlds.

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