Upstairs & Downstairs

Upstairs & Downstairs

The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey

Book - 2012
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"From the days of Queen Victoria until the late 1930s servants were considered necessary to the smooth running of many households. During the Edwardian period there were over 1 1/2 million domestic servants in Britain, ranging from housemaids and cooks to butlers, gardeners and chauffeurs. These men and women worked long hours to create and maintain a life of elegance and ease for their wealthy employess. This beautifully illustrated book takes you on a journey through a day-in-the-life of the workings of homes in both the town and the country, including those of famous Edwardians such as Beatrix Potter, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, politician and statesman Winston Churchill and authors George Bernard Shaw and P.G. Wodehouse. Drawing upon personal accounts of both the servants and their employers, 'Upstairs and Downstairs' reveals the secret histories of the people and their houses to show you what life was really like on both sides of the class divide."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: London : Carlton Books, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781847327901
Call Number: 941.0823 WARWICK
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Subjects: Household employees -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Household employees -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Country homes -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Upper class -- England -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII, 1901-1910.
Alternative Title: Upstairs and downstairs


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Aug 04, 2014

This book is an easy read, simply describing the roles of servants and how the upper class spent their day. It was very informative and I will probably be buying it for my personal library.

hgeng63 Oct 01, 2012

This is a packaged bk for the remainder/coffee-table-bk-market, w. a lively selection of illustrations. However, except for a few of the sidebars, there are no citations for where the author got her info. And "high tea" is not the same as "afternoon tea"!


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