Brideshead Revisited Companion

Back in 1999 an authoritative and fascinating Brideshead Revisited resource appeared online, titled The Brideshead Companion, by Mr David Cliffe. This was hosted at and I would often cross reference with this site whenever I read Evelyn Waugh's sublime novel. In 2016, the ISP 'EE', who took over from Freeserve, deleted all extant webspaces under the Freeserve banner, resulting in the Brideshead Companion being removed from the internet. There had been no activity on the site since 2007.

Considering the value of this resource, I have endeavoured to reproduce it here so that Mr Cliffe's work can be viewed by other readers of Brideshead Revisited. All written content is the work of Mr David Cliffe; I have limited my input to reformatting, rectifying formatting and typographic errors, and replacing hyperlinks with images embedded in the text: internet speed and bandwidth is less of a concern today than the dial-up times of 1999!

Other unique and valuable Evelyn Waugh-related resources were available on David's original site, these include obituaries of those close to Waugh, transcripts of a number of his radio and television appearances (including the infamous Face to Face appearance) and transcripts of the Evelyn Waugh newsletters from 1967 to 1976. In time I will aim to reproduce this fascinating content on this current website.

The Brideshead Revisited Companion: English Version

David Cliffe Introduction
Chronology of Brideshead Revisited
Three points concerning Evelyn Waugh's Preface of 1960

Prologue: Brideshead Revisited
Et in Arcadia Ego 1: I meet Sebastian Flyte - and Anthony Blanche - I visit Brideshead for the first time.
Et in Arcadia Ego 2: My cousin Jasper's Grand Remonstrance - a warning against charm - Sunday morning in Oxford
Et in Arcadia Ego 3: My father at home - Lady Julia Flyte
Et in Arcadia Ego 4: Sebastian at home - Lord Marchmain abroad
Et in Arcadia Ego 5: Autumn in Oxford - dinner with Rex Mottram and supper with Boy Mulcaster - Mr Samgrass - Lady Marchmain at home - Sebastian contra mundum
Et in Arcadia Ego 6: Samgrass revealed - I take leave of Oxford - Rex revealed
Et in Arcadia Ego 7: Julia and Rex
Et in Arcadia Ego 8: Mulcaster and I in defence of our country - Sebastian abroad - I take leave of Marchmain house

A Twitch Upon the Thread 1: Orphans of the Storm
A Twitch Upon the Thread 2: Private View - Rex Mottram at home
A Twitch Upon the Thread 3: The fountain
A Twitch Upon the Thread 4: Sebastian contra mundum
A Twitch Upon the Thread 5: Lord Marchmain at home - death in the Chinese drawing room - the purpose revealed
Epilogue: Brideshead Revisited


  1. It is very important to preserve David Cliffe's work. Thank you very much. I hope you will finish it.

  2. I'm so delighted to see what you have done here. Mr Cliffe's Companion enhanced the joy of reading a much-loved novel, and it felt pretty awful to find it removed. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to do this.

  3. I can only agree to the other gentlemens comments made above. Your work ia much appreciated

  4. Thank you for extending the life of and adding a beautiful, modern design to David Cliffe's work. You've done a tremendous service for lovers of Waugh from around the world.

  5. Fantastic - thank you for restoring David Cliffe's work.

  6. Soo pleased to have found this companion to brideshead revisited online once more! The section on 'twitch upon a thread' explained all the anguish Charles Ryder experienced through his association with the Flyte family.

  7. Though I have watched the ITV production of Brideshead innumerable times, I continue occasionally to return to it. Thank you for maintaining Mr. David Cliffe's great research on Waugh's enduring achievement.

  8. This is truly a fantastic compendium of information. Thank you for taking the time and effort to put it together.


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