Described by the BBC in 2011 as ‘one of the most powerful dynasties in England’, the Long family of Wiltshire derived enormous power and prestige from land ownership.
They were empire-builders, fiercely ambitious opportunists, maintaining their position as Wiltshire’s administrative and political backbone for half a millennium.
The Longs endured despite a family curse, a bitter feud, murder, civil war, treasonous plots and the biggest scandal of the Georgian era. One hundred years later their empire was little more than a crumbling ruin.
Spanning five centuries, more than a dozen monarchs and a revolution in land ownership, Inheriting the Earth explores the forces and characters that shaped and ultimately vanquished a once powerful dynasty.