Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD)

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Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Free read Up and Down Stairs 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 marriag. If you ve ever wandered just exactly what all those servants in novels do or what they actually would have done in reality then this is the book for youWhat did all those different maids do What were their lives like How well did they really get on with their employers Was it drudgery or did they enjoy it How were they really treated Well this book answered all those uestions whilst giving a history of the servants of English country houses from medieval centuries through to present dayThe book is based upon real contemporary accounts as much as possible and includes many direct uotes from the diaries and books of servants themselves Some of the anecdotes are wonderful However what I really appreciated was the way the book moved through time noting the changes in expectations and how changes in society itself made irreversible changes to the lives of these estates For example before approximately 1600 servants were made to be seen They were a sign of wealth and power and a lot of servants waiting on nobility were actually nobility themselves They learnt how to behave as nobles by observing and waiting on nobles themselves A visitor to a grand house would actually have to walk through the great hall which was where servants would have eaten themselvesBut then over time servants became invisible to such an extent that in the High VIctorian Country House think late Victorian era with entertaining on a massive scale servants were only seen serving at mealtimes There is a great story of one visitor to a house who didn t actually see any maids until Sunday morning at church They were mysteriously absent from viewThere are some facts here which I had no clue about and positions which I never knew existed and were actually extremely important A groom of the chamber was in charge of making sure that the rooms that guests and visitors to the house were in perfect order Considering that this was what most guests would actually see the position was very important and he would have been senior in the hierarchy of the staffFor me one of the most fascinating parts was the end describing how and why things changed in the 20th century Taxes falling land rents war which had opened the horizons of many to possibilities outside service and not least and something I had never considered the families who owned these great houses wanted privacy for themselves and less formalityI read this through from start to finish and although I guess you could use it for reference I got a lot out of understanding the changes with time so I wouldn t recommend picking and choosing chapters There are some portions which become a little dry but considering the amount of history and fact it packs in it is incredibly readableSo if you loved the movie Gosford Park and want to know about the lives of the servants in it this book is perfect for you

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Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Free read Up and Down Stairs E of a suire 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 domest. You can blame Downton Abbey for this one In this country we seem obsessed with the age of the grand country houses the world of Upstairs and Downstairs the golden age before the War nd I ll confess I m no exception There s something so evocative about the era a kind of idealised image of England that probably never truly existed to begin with and perhaps it says something about us that we hark back to it so muchWhat I liked most about this book is how it managed to evoke that bygone age without surrendering to the gilt and the gloss It pulls no punches in describing how hard the servants lives were how often it was lonely and exhausting and miserable and how freuently the hierachy within the ranks of the servants was as hide bound and sharply delineated as the divide between Upstairs and DownstairsOf course this book explores than just the golden age of the Edwardian era it traces the evolution of servants and staff right the way from the medieval household of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries right up to the present day with the majority of country homes now owned by trusts or English Heritage It s certainly interesting to note how servants went from being part of the family not hidden away or invisible to being very much someone who should be neither seen nor heard

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Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Free read Up and Down Stairs Ic 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. I waited ages for this from the library and when I finally got my turn I just didn t have time to read it cover to cover I dipped and read chunks here and there Now that it s out in paperback I might buy it sometime and read it properly So for now it s on my abandoned shelf but only temporarily


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    Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Free read Up and Down Stairs This one I can cheerfully recommend to anyone interested in learning about the servant classes who worked on the great English estates It's informative smartly written and full of little things that I had not known before If you liked the films Manor House Gosford Park or Downton Abbey you'll probably want to find this book Very much recommended and a keeper for me For the longer review which also has links t

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    Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download If you've ever wandered just exactly what all those servants in novels do or what they actually would have done in reality then this is the book for youWhat did all those different maids do? What were their lives like? How well did

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Somewhat slow and dry start This is a very detailed and thoroughly researched book I'm obsessed with this period in British history and how it functioned Fascinating and very complete

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson You can blame Downton Abbey for this one In this country we seem obsessed with the age of the grand country houses the world of Upstairs and Downstairs the golden age before the War nd I'll confess I'm no exception There's something so evocative about the era a kind of idealised image of England that probably never truly existed to begin w

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) This is a very comprehensive and academic style work on the history of the country house servant from the early middle ages through the present It includes writings from servants and employers spanning the various

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Free read Up and Down Stairs I have spent rather a lot of hours over the years going around country house which are now in the hands of bodies such as the National Trust I was often as fascinated if not so by the glimpses of what life may have been like for the servants as I was by that of the family This book is a must for anyone who has enjoyed such tours and wondere

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Free read Up and Down Stairs Always enjoying Upstairs Downstairs on TV and later Gosford Park and Downton Abbey I was really looking for a book that told about

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    Jeremy Musson ì 4 Read & Download Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) I waited ages for this from the library and when I finally got my turn I just didn't have time to read it cover to cover I dipped and read chunks here and there Now that it's out in paperback I might buy it sometime and read

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    Free download ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ì Jeremy Musson Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Alright I admit it I picked this up because Downton Abbey has been my favourite show all year and now I've gone all servanty Wanted t

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    Up and Down Stairs (DOWNLOAD) Well this was right up my alley I enjoyed learning the specifics of how England's large country estates have be

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 384
  • Up and Down Stairs
  • Jeremy Musson
  • English
  • 12 June 2020
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