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

Musson, Jeremy

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ISBN 10: 184854300X / ISBN 13: 9781848543003
Editorial: John Murray, London, UK, 2009
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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2nd impression reprint. Well bound in clean black cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. Spine ends and corners all very good. Text pages, illustrations and eps are clean with no markings or inscriptions. D/J is unclipped with just some very light rubbing to top edge. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. N° de ref. de la librería 008261

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Título: Up and Down Stairs: The History of the ...

Editorial: John Murray, London, UK

Año de publicación: 2009

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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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 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 From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century.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 theses grand houses were, for centuries, admired and imitated around the world.


This is Gosford Park as non-fiction, and utterly fascinating ( Times Literary Supplement)

'Entertaining saga of the class divide' ( The Daily Express)

'Intimate and absorbing study' ( The Sunday Times)

Architectural historian Masson brings alive the symbiotic relationship between the houses, their owners, and the workers. ( Financial Times)

'Musson is excellent on the changing face of service in the twentieth century' ( Spectator)

'Personal anecdotes bring this well-researched book to life' ( Mail on Sunday)

'A brilliantly readable book full of human history and entertaining anecdotes' ( Lancashire Evening Post)

'An ideal read' ( Field Magazine)

'Packed with quotes from memoirs and letters, as well as first hand accounts, a fascinating social history' ( BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine)

'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)

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