Michael Pratt

Lord Michael Pratt

Lord Michael Pratt is a scholar based in London who specializes in modern European history. His works include Britain’s Greek Empire, a study of Corfu and the Ionian Islands under Venetian and British rule.

The Great Country Houses of The Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Lord Pratt tells the story of the country houses that crown the rolling hills of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, immersing us in the vanished world of these countries' aristocracies.

A comprehensive analysis of where politics, culture, and art merge, The Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is a captivating read for anyone curious about the history and architecture of these two countries. Gerhard Trumler’s striking photographs allow readers entrance, for example, to the Liechtensteins’ twin chateaux of Valtice and Lednice in the Czech Republic. The lords of these castles established one of the greatest art collections in the world and played a major role in the diplomatic and military lives of the nation; they still remain as the ruling house of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Pratt’s new chapter speaks of the difficulties of restoration and problems concerning modern-day ownership. Though many estates were lost or damaged during the World Wars, the houses as they stand today—some restored, some languishing in disrepair—present a rich cultural heritage of two fascinating countries.

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The Great Country Houses of Poland

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In this volume, Lord Pratt provides one of the first illustrated, in-depth looks at Poland's magnificent homes.

The Polish countryside holds many enchanting surprises, as estates and medieval castles are nestled in picturesque valleys and alongside lengthy rivers. Pratt tells the fascinating histories of these houses and the nobles who built and continually remodeled them. For example, the Radziwill family created a rustic paradise in the château Nieborów. Arkadia, the garden of this house, serves as a tribute to ancient Greece and testifies to the taste and genius of one of Poland’s most culturally and politically influential dynasties.

Insightful and comprehensive, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in Poland’s tangled history and beautiful architecture. Lord Michael Pratt is a scholar based in London who specializes in modern European history. His works include Britain’s Greek Empire, a study of Corfu and the Ionian Islands under Venetian and British rule. Gerhard Trumler is a professor of photography in Vienna and a professional photographer whose work has appeared in more than fifty books.

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The Great Country Houses of Hungary

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Hungary houses a superb selection of Europe's finest country homes that were built over the centuries by some of the nation's most distinguished families.

Baroque castles and rococo villas dot Hungary’s countryside and stand as testaments to the wealth and power of this region’s aristocracy. Lord Pratt reveals the histories and treasures of these structures, many of which were inaccessible to the West until this past decade. Setting his discussion of the houses and their patrons against the backdrop of Hungary’s history, Pratt illuminates the manner in which diverse political and cultural influences have molded the architecture of this country’s most illustrious homes. For instance, he recounts how the castle Sárvár evolved from a wooden, fourteenth-century fortress to a splendid piece of Renaissance architecture under the noble Nádasdy’s family guidance. In a new, final chapter, Pratt laments the demise of the great home Fót while praising the skillful restoration of Seregélyes.

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