Country Life has produced a new book based on archives which tracks the evolution of the English gentleman.
Rupert Uloth, deputy editor of Country Life, believes being a gentleman is not a class issue.
"Anyone can be a gentleman", he told the Today programme.
"It's evolved, it's more about how you behave than who you are", he explains, "the modern gentleman is someone who displays discretion, courtesy, and kindness but also who has discernment and displays understatement".
Cricket commentator and "modern day gentleman" Henry Blofeld says it doesn't matter what a gentleman does as long as he "does it with conviction".
"It's about behaviour" he told John Humphrys.
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