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Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
 
 
Author
Jeremy Musson.
Publisher John Murray  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780719597305
Pages/Publication Date 374/2010
Daedalus Item Code 29753
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For centuries, country houses were at the heart of British social, political, and sporting life, yet they could not have functioned without large numbers of skilled servants; by 1851, two million Britons were employed in domestic service. The author of How to Read a Country House and the presenter of the popular program The Curious House Guest on BBC Two, architectural historian Jeremy Musson here gives us the voices of these servants as they describe their daily lives through memoirs, letters, and household accounts, from medieval times to the 20th century. He reveals how the staff lived and worked together under strict hierarchy and segregation, and how sometimes this segregation was broken, as with the famous marriage of a squire to his dairymaid at Uppark.

"This is Gosford Park as non-fiction, and utterly fascinating."Times Literary Supplement

"He retells the story at a cracking pace.... We are reminded that all kinds of likely lads, including Chaucer, started out as paper pushers and cup bearers."Guardian (London)

 
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