The Churchills, West Country people, continue to have a prominent representative in public affairs but the great man of today should not obscure the doings of the first Sir Winston who swept to fame under Charles I and Cromwell. Winston's son John rallied Europe and saved England by a series of military masterstrokes; he was created Duke of Marlborough and a grateful nation built him Blenheim Palace. John's wife, Sarah, friend and, later, enemy of Queen Anne, was among the strong women of history, as redoubtable in marital as political manipulation. There was John's sister Arabella who, unable to wage war or figure in affairs of state, made good as mistress of King James II. Genealogy here is related to a thorough research into the forces dominating England throughout the 1600's and into the 1700's and the record, full and overflowing, has no room for present day Churchilliana. This portion of family history is a distinct contribution to our knowledge of the period and is served up with taste and more than adequate contextual trimmings. A useful library item and for stalwart lovers of English history.