Your cart


Total AUD



  • Robinson
  • Robinson

Private Life in Britain's Stately Homes: Masters and Servants in the Golden Age

Michael Paterson

Write Review

Rated 0

Brief Histories, Film, TV & radio, Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history, Social & cultural history

Discover the real Downton Abbey as Michael Paterson explores the myths and realities of the golden age of the English country house

The Victorian and Edwardian eras in the run-up to 1914 marked the golden age of the English country house, when opulence and formality attained a level that would never be matched again. The ease of these perfect settings for flirtation and relaxation was maintained by a large and well-trained staff of servants. Although those 'in service' worked very long hours and had little personal freedom, many were proud of their positions and grateful for the relative security these gave. Indeed, the strictly hierarchical world below stairs could be more snobbish than that of a house's owners. Michael Paterson skilfully and entertainingly explores the myths and realities of this vanished world, both upstairs and down.

Read More Read Less
This website uses cookies. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here.Close cookie policy overlay