Great Houses with Julian Fellowes
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Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes is on a mission to find the true stories behind the greatest of Britain’s great houses.
Each week he uncovers the personal stories hidden behind the walls of one great house and discovers that these are not just places for posh people to live in - they hold the history of all of us.
At Goodwood House in Sussex, for 300 years the home of the Dukes of Richmond, Julian discovers the story of how the house and the family owe their existence to a love affair between King Charles and a French spy.
He uncovers an unpublished memoir written by a ladies maid in the 1920s and looks into the goings on at the house parties thrown for King Edward VII
He discovers the very saw that cut off the Earl of Uxbridge’s leg at the Battle of Waterloo and sits in Napoleon’s chair; he explores the world of the Goodwood House Party, where illicit affairs could be conducted even amongst royalty and meets the descendant of a servant who wrote a memoir about the such ‘goings on’.