Life Below Stairs

Life Below Stairs

True Lives of Edwardian Servants

Book - 2012
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Describes what life was like for servants during the historical period depicted in the television show "Downton Abbey," drawing on first-hand accounts to reveal how staff members were subjected to grueling labor, family secrets, and society scandals.

McMillan Palgrave

UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties.
DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported by a body of staff painstakingly devoted to ensuring the smooth running of the household.

Brimming with family secrets, society scandal, and of course elaborate parties, dresses, and social customs, the world of an aristocratic Edwardian household as depicted on the hit show Downton Abbey has captivated millions. But what was life really like for the people who kept such a household running: the servants? In Life Below Stairs, international bestselling author Alison Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to reveal a lively and colorful picture of what went on "downstairs," describing servants' daily life in this now-vanished world.
Detailing everything from household structure, pay and conditions, special duties, and rules and regulations, to perks, entertainment, and even romance, Maloney examines the drudgery and hardships below stairs, as well as the rewards and pleasures. Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.

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A detailed guidebook to what work was really like for servants during the historical period famously depicted in the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey draws on first-hand accounts to reveal how members of staff were subjected to grueling labor, family secrets and society scandals. By the best-selling author of The Mum's Book.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Description: 192 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781250017659
Branch Call Number: 331.76164 Mal
Additional Contributors: Maloney, Alison. Life below stairs


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ArapahoeKati Oct 21, 2016

A must-read for any Downton Abbey fan.

Oct 14, 2016

If it's facts about the lives of Edwardian servants you're looking for, this is your book. If you're looking for anecdotes or stories, you may want to pass on this one.

hgeng63 May 10, 2013

This is a packaged/bargain bk. I can only recommend this as a source of other titles to read. I did not learn anything new from this.

Apr 25, 2013


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