Up And Down Stairs

Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848543875
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Up And Down Stairs from the Author: Jeremy Musson. Country houses were reliant on an intricate hierarchy of servants, each of whom provided an essential skill. Up and Down Stairs brings to life this hierarchy and shows how large numbers of people lived together under strict segregation and how sometimes this segregation was broken, as with the famous marriage of a squire to his dairymaid at Uppark. Jeremy Musson captures the voices of the servants who ran these vast houses, and made them work. From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century. The story of domestic servants is inseparable from the story of the country house as an icon of power, civilisation and luxury. This is particularly true with the great estates such as Chatsworth, Hatfield, Burghley and Wilton. Jeremy Musson looks at how these grand houses were, for centuries, admired and imitated around the world.


Author: Lucy Lethbridge
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408834073
Size: 57.54 MB
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Servants from the Author: Lucy Lethbridge. Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain is the social history of the last century through the eyes of those who served. From the butler, the footman, the maid and the cook of 1900 to the au pairs, cleaners and childminders who took their place seventy years later, a previously unheard class offers a fresh perspective on a dramatic century. Here, the voices of servants and domestic staff, largely ignored by history, are at last brought to life: their daily household routines, attitudes towards their employers, and to each other, throw into sharp and intimate relief the period of feverish social change through which they lived. Sweeping in its scope, extensively researched and brilliantly observed, Servants is an original and fascinating portrait of twentieth-century Britain; an authoritative history that will change and challenge the way we look at society.

Life Below Stairs

Author: Alison Maloney
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250023122
Size: 77.30 MB
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Life Below Stairs from the Author: Alison Maloney. UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties. DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported by a body of staff painstakingly devoted to ensuring the smooth running of the household. Brimming with family secrets, society scandal, and of course elaborate parties, dresses, and social customs, the world of an aristocratic Edwardian household as depicted on the hit show Downton Abbey has captivated millions. But what was life really like for the people who kept such a household running: the servants? In Life Below Stairs, international bestselling author Alison Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to reveal a lively and colorful picture of what went on "downstairs," describing servants' daily life in this now-vanished world. Detailing everything from household structure, pay and conditions, special duties, and rules and regulations, to perks, entertainment, and even romance, Maloney examines the drudgery and hardships below stairs, as well as the rewards and pleasures. Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.

The Country House Servant

Author: Pamela Sambrook
Publisher: Sutton Publishing
ISBN: 9780750929882
Size: 41.85 MB
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The Country House Servant from the Author: Pamela Sambrook. This lavishly illustrated book goes behind the scenes of the pomp and splendor of the English country house to reveal what life was really like for those in domestic service.

Devouring Cultures

Author: Cammie M. Sublette
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 1557286914
Size: 19.60 MB
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Devouring Cultures from the Author: Cammie M. Sublette. Devouring Cultures brings together contributors from a wide range of disciplines including media studies, rhetoric, gender studies, philosophy, anthropology, literary criticism, film criticism, race theory, history, and linguistics to examine the ways food signifies both culture and identity. These scholars look for answers to intriguing questions: What does our choice of dining house say about our social class? Can restaurants teach us about a culture? How does food operate in Downton Abbey? How does food consumption in zombie apocalypse films and apocalyptic literature relate to contemporary food-chain crises and food nostalgia? What aspects of racial conflict, assimilation, and empowerment may be represented in restaurant culture and food choice? Restaurants, from their historical development to their modern role as surrogate kitchen, are studied as markers of gender, race, and social class, and also as forums for the exhibition of tensions or spaces where culture is learned through the language of food. Food, as it is portrayed in literature, movies, and television, is illuminated as a platform for cultural assimilation, a way for the oppressed to find agency, or even a marker for the end of a civilization. The essays in Devouring Cultures—despite having a rich mix of approaches—are united by each writer’s deep exploration of how our choices about what we eat, where we eat, and with whom we eat are linked to identity and meaning.

The Servants Story

Author: Pamela Sambrook
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445654210
Size: 71.72 MB
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The Servants Story from the Author: Pamela Sambrook. A look at the personal lives of the people who served one of the richest families in Britain.

Servants A Downstairs History Of Britain From The Nineteenth Century To Modern Times

Author: Lucy Lethbridge
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393241092
Size: 57.76 MB
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Servants A Downstairs History Of Britain From The Nineteenth Century To Modern Times from the Author: Lucy Lethbridge. Paints a vivid picture of the lives of British servants through the letters and diaries of those who served in upper crust households and explores the complicated relationships and social implications between the server and those they served. 20,000 first printing.

Literary Names

Author: Alastair Fowler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199592225
Size: 65.81 MB
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Literary Names from the Author: Alastair Fowler. Names hidden by acrostic or anagram, pseudonyms, pen-names, nicknames, nameless characters, and lists of names are all explored in this erudite and fascinating book, which encompasses literature from ancient times to modern.

The Mistresses Of Cliveden

Author: Natalie Livingstone
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473505976
Size: 52.11 MB
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The Mistresses Of Cliveden from the Author: Natalie Livingstone. A Sunday Times bestseller - Five women. One house. One extraordinary history. From its construction in the 1660s to its heyday in the 1960s, Cliveden played host to a dynasty of remarkable and powerful women. Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Augusta, Harriet, and Nancy were five ladies who, over the course of three centuries, shaped British society through their beauty, personalities, and political influence. Restoration and revolution, aristocratic rise and fall, world war and cold war form the extraordinary backdrop against which their stories unfold. An addictive history of the period and an intimate exploration of the timeless relationships between people and place, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a story of sex, power and politics, and the ways in which exceptional women defy the expectations of their time.

The English Manor House

Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Aurum Press
Size: 53.80 MB
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The English Manor House from the Author: Jeremy Musson. The English manor house represents an architectural ideal which has been central to the vision of the magazine Country Life. For this book, Jeremy Musson has selected 200 of the best photographs from the magazine's picture archive.