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Up and Down Stairs

The History of the Country House Servant

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 From unpublished memoirs to letters, wages, newspaper articles, he pieces together their daily lives from the Middle Ages through to the twentieth century.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

Author Biography

Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian and has been Architectural Editor of Country Life for the past 10 years. In his work, Jeremy has always been committed to engaging a wider public to the glories of historic buildings, and to exploring the influence of ideas about the past and preservation. He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House. He also presented Curious House Guest on BBC2 and is the author of two books, including How to Read a Country House. Jeremy is married with two children.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
John Murray Publishers Ltd
Pages
384
Dimensions
129x197x26
ISBN-13
9780719597305
Product ID
3954040

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