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

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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, showing 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 From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, and newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The story of domestic servants is inseparable from the story of the country house as an icon of power, civilization, 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.

About the Author

Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian and has been architectural editor of Country Life for the past 10 years. His other titles include The English Manor House and How to Read a Country House.

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ISBN:
9780719597305
Author:
Musson, Jeremy
Publisher:
John Murray Publishers
Author:
Jeremy Musson
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 lb

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