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Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant By Jeremy Musson

Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
by Jeremy Musson

A history that brings to life the real country house servants
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Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant Summary


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 From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century.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.

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Sku
GOR001864473
Title
Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Year published
Number of pages
384
ISBN 10
0719597307
ISBN 13
9780719597305
Prizes
N/A
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