Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in their Own Words 1800-1950

Servants Stories Life Below Stairs in their Own Words Step into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines and heroes of society Between and the role of servants changed dramatically but they

  • Title: Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in their Own Words 1800-1950
  • Author: Michelle Higgs
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Step into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines and heroes of society Between 1800 and 1950, the role of servants changed dramatically but they remained the people without whom the upper and middle classes could not function Through oral histories, diaries, newspaper reports and never before seen testimonies, domStep into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines and heroes of society Between 1800 and 1950, the role of servants changed dramatically but they remained the people without whom the upper and middle classes could not function Through oral histories, diaries, newspaper reports and never before seen testimonies, domestic servants tell their stories, warts and all Downton it isn t Revenge on a mistress with a box of beetles The despair and loneliness of a 14 year old maid The adventure of moving to London to go into service An escape from an unhappy home life Find out about the servant problem and how servants found work how National Insurance began to improve their lot the impact WW1 had on domestic service and what was done to try to make the occupation appealing to a new generation Praise for Michelle Higgs A delightful layman s guide for tourists from 2014, where you ll glean plenty of juicy detail to paint a accurate picture of your ancestors lives Family Tree for A Visitor s Guide to Victorian England An enjoyable and well written social history, helpfully revealing about what life would have been like below stairs Who Do You Think You Are for Tracing Your Servant Ancestors Daily life is recounted with both historical detail and sympathy, aided by numerous first person accounts Your Family Tree for Life in the Victorian and Edwardian Workhouse A lively text which should do much to open up the world of the Victorian prison to the general reader Who Do You Think You Are for Prison Life in Victorian England

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    1. Whether it’s a grand house, like Downton Abbey, or a more modest residence, there is an enduring fascination with life ‘below stairs’ and the relationships between servants and those they served. But, what was life really like for individuals in service? Was it as positive as is often portrayed on screen, or was it a life of drudgery? In her excellent book, Michelle Higgs answers these questions and more on this fascinating topic, through the ‘voices’ of those who lived through it.Draw [...]

    2. How Hard They Worked!Servants are the stars of the evocative look at life below stairs from the Regency era until the mid-twentieth century. Many of these Servants’ Stories are previously unpublished. Mary Ann Ashford was only thirteen when she began work as a maidservant, and it’s hardly surprising she was exploited by several employers. William Tayler, a footman, kept a diary which gives a fascinating insight into life working for the gentry in the 1830s. One young girl, Amy Grace Rose, le [...]

    3. The stories themselves were the most interesting part; the background information, while useful, was a little dull.

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