Starring role for Chatsworth

Chatsworth plays a main part in a new book being launched this weekend.

The stately home features in David Durant’s new book The Smythson Circle; The Story of Six Great English Houses.

The Smythson Circle is a narrative stretching from 1541 to 1614 charting the creation of the first Renaissance buildings in England.

David Durant, author of the acclaimed Bess of Hardwick, describes how Chatsworth, Old and New Hardwick Halls, Wollaton, Bolsover and Longleat all came to be built in this vital not to say pivotal period in English architectural history.

The Smythson Circle is a detective story and Elizabethan drama, taking in marital sagas, financial ruin, sudden fires and a cast of extraordinary characters.

David Durant will be signing copies of his new book on Sunday 26 June from 12 noon onwards at Hardwick Hall.

Normal admission charges apply to the Car Park, Hall and Garden.