Unlike a history of the rich and powerful, that of the Stainforths has the virtue of being about an ordinary Anglo-Saxon family of yeoman stock whose story - by turns heroic and tragic - is woven into the very fabric of our island story.
Over 30 generations since 1066, the fortunes of the family have risen and fallen, become enriched and then impoverished by disaster; yet their hallmark, as expressed in the family motto 'Non defecit alter', has always been one of survival and recovery.
This exceptionally detailed history covered the stories of soldiers at the Battle of Crecy, the Civil War, Waterloo, Crimea, South Africa, The Somme and the Arnhem; of MP's and Mayors; of clergymen and canons; of butchers and wine merchants; of Keepers of the King's Manor and Royal Housekeepers; of judges and colonial service officers; railway engineers and pioneering aviators.
The book contained five photographic plates and the complete family tree, from 1320 to the present day, in seven double-page spreads.
Hardback, 528pp. OUT OF PRINT
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