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Crowning the rolling hills of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are magnificent country houses in stone. Based on Lord Michael Pratt's seminal volume The Great Country Houses of Central Europe , The Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and Slovakia takes an exclusive look at these regions' rarely seen treasures. Lord Pratt chronicles the dramatic histories of these regions' noble families as they constructed and remodeled castles, fortresses, and baroque manors to suit their tastes and herald their wealth and power.