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

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  • Title: Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
  • Author: Jeremy Musson
  • ISBN: 9781848543003
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. Jeremy Musson is an English author, editor and presenter, specialising in British country houses and architecture.

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  1. 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 to reviews of the films , please go here epinions review Jeremy


  2. 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 you.What 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 questions, whilst giving a history of the servants of English country houses from medieval centuries through to present day.Th [...]


  3. Dal 300 a oggi, la storia del servitore nelle sue varie figure, pi diversificate di quanto si potrebbe pensare tra personale di casa, de giardino, delle stalle, e della tenuta contadini, fattori etc etc Un sistema tipicamente inglese che stupiva viaggiatori stranieri e che ancora oggi suscita grande fascino, basti pensare a serie televisive come il primo Upstairs, Downstairs e il pi recente Downton Abbey, o il fiorire di memorie di personale di servizio testi anche piuttosto vecchi che ancora og [...]


  4. 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


  5. 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 much.What I liked most about this book is how it managed to evoke that bygone age wit [...]


  6. 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 wondered about how those households really operated.Jeremy Musson takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of the English country house, and the Engli [...]


  7. Always enjoying Upstairs, Downstairs on TV and later Gosford Park and Downton Abbey I was really looking for a book that told about servant life While this book is well researched it is also one of the driest, most boring books I have ever read It goes through every century from the 1300s up till our own but every page is like a sleeping pill Laundry lists of what house in England had what kind of servants, what their tasks were and what they earned but not comparing to today s currency so one [...]


  8. 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.


  9. 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 to know And this excellent little book let me Fascinating.


  10. Well, this was right up my alley I enjoyed learning the specifics of how England s large country estates have been run for the past 600 years The book took a while to read because it was so packed with details to the point of being overwhelming at times But that s ok I wanted the details This is obviously not a book for the casual reader to pick up but rather one for a reader looking to further their knowledge in a subject they already know to a certain degree Musson does a brilliant job compili [...]


  11. A very interesting and detailed account of the history of service through the ages About 20% of the book is devoted to the bibliography for further study.


  12. Up and Down Stairs is the history of English and Irish manor houses and how they were run from the 1600s through today Over the years, many houses went from large serving staffs of over 100 to down to three In many others only one person came in to do during the week Gardening and upkeep were hired out to private business In the 20 s and 30 s the people in many of the homes were like huge families with the owners giving parties for staff and, in many cases, treating them with respect and bringin [...]


  13. If you re a Downton Abbey fan curious about the real lives of the downstairs folks, or if you re interested in servants lives simply because it s a fascinating subject in its own right, Up and Down Stairs by Jeremy Musson is a good place to start Musson begins his detailed description of the life of servants in the later Middle Ages to the end of the sixteenth century, working his way through the centuries to the post World War II years He brings to light the beginning of those features of serva [...]


  14. I found this book in one of my favourite bookstores, Reader s Feast, in Melbourne Their non fiction section always has a great range of books to suit all your favourite interests as well as igniting a few interests you never knew you had Being a big fan of the television series Downton Abbey, I decided to give this book a go It chronicles the life of the servants in English country mansions over the centuries I knew it was non fiction, and wouldn t contain as much drama as Downton, but still I t [...]


  15. Summary Up and Down Stairs is a history of the country house servant All servants working in the great houses of England are explored and described From the butler and housemaid, to the cooks in the kitchen, to those who worked in the gardens and the coachmen The time period for the book begins with medieval history The majority of the servants explored are from the late 1800s to the early 20th century Personal stories are included.My Thoughts I am making great progress in my TBR pile of books I [...]


  16. 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 time periods, as well as writings from periodicals and government offices about issues relating to servants and the maintenance of large country estates.Some of the writings from the earliest periods were a bit of a challenge to interpret For instance, put to office and woerke of trave [...]


  17. I am giving this book only three stars based mostly on the fact that, though it was well written and the author is clearly knowledgeable about the subject matter, the first 75% was incredibly dry It seemed that all I read were endless lists of servants titles and instructions for good servants to follow While that was interesting, there was so very many lists that I had trouble retaining what I read I did, however, love reading the first hand accounts of servants, past and present I think I shou [...]


  18. This was an interesting and well researched book While there was a great deal of information regarding the social interaction or lack, thereof between the upstairs residents and the downstairs servants of great country estate houses in Britain through the ages, there wasn t much detail about the day to day work carried out by the downstairs staff That being said, if you re hoping to find out what the duties of a chamber maid vs the duties of a parlor maid might have been, you won t find that sor [...]


  19. This book was history than memoir each chapter covered a different century or era of service in England, from the medieval to the Edwardian As such, it was a bit drier than others I have read, those which HAVE been memoirs, which would necessarily contain personal feeling than cold fact However, despite being a bit taken off guard by the format and content, Musson has done a fantastic job of crafting a true history of the English house servant, as well as displaying how the tradition for servi [...]


  20. This is the right book for the right person and the wrong book for the wrong person, so you need to think about why you are buying this before you do.If you re doing research on various aspects of the history of domestic servants and great houses, it s great There are a lot of details, diary entries, etc.However, the content is not well organized It s easy to forget what you re reading about and the context is confusing at times If you know nothing about those who entered the life of service in [...]


  21. Jeremy Musson has provided a fascinating glimpse into the social history of England s country houses Starting with the late medieval castles and continuing all the way to present day estates in the hands of the National Trust or institutional hands, he traces the evolution of the relationships between the owners of the establishment and the people who actually run it It s a commentary on how social relationships have changed over the centuries, in response to the political and cultural changes o [...]


  22. Though sometimes dense in places, this is a fascinating look at the changing role of the British country house servant from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, drawing not only on historical books of household management and records of household accounts, but also on memoirs, diaries, and letters from both those who served and those whom they served By era, the book looks at the various positions within a large country house, the duties of each, the layout of both living and working spaces [...]


  23. Well researched and easy to read, this book at once satiated my desire to know about the history of the country house servant and left me wanting The author did a very good job showing not only the tasks and lives of the servants, but also how and why that lifestyle evolved, as well as how that, in turn, affected architectural design Plenty of quotes from both servants and masters were included, providing a fully fleshed out view of the situation, yet the writing remained light and interesting [...]


  24. Let s be honest I didn t finish the book and I don t put many down I ve read textbooks interesting than this, so decided not to waste my time plowing through the tiny print, stilted language, redundancies, etc etc I was very interested in the topic, but the book was TOO detailed it read like a reference book for a scholarly topic So, for those researching this topic, it would be great for casual readers, NOT.


  25. Musson clearly has a passion for his subject, and this book was exhaustively researched But I found it overly detailed and, for the most part, extremely dry I enjoyed the sections on interwar and postwar country house life the most, but perhaps that s just because it s the period I m interested in at the moment I would prefer to read the primary sources he cited instead.







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