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

Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words


Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words 1800-1950 ❰Download❯ ➹ Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words 1800-1950 Author Michelle Higgs – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 remaine Life Below Kindle Õ Step into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines and heroes of society Betweenand , the role of servants changed dramatically but they remained the people without whom the upper and middle classes could Servants' Stories: Kindle - 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 ayear old maid The adventure Stories: Life Below PDF ´ 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 WW 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 , 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.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format 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 ayear old maid The adventure Stories: Life Below PDF ´ 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 WW 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 , 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words 1800-1950
  • Michelle Higgs
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 1473822246

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10 thoughts on “Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words 1800-1950

  1. Libby Libby says:

    It s fascinating to read the servants stories from their own viewpoints rather than from a non servant imagining what it must have been like I had no idea many servants were married even when they lived with their employers and only got to visit home on Sunday afternoon if their employers were gracious enough One chapter on Elizabeth Banks lets the journalist tell her own experiences indetail, with lists of exactly her employers expected her to do A good book to read if you re intere It s fascinating to read the servants stories from their own viewpoints rather than from a non servant imagining what it must have been like I had no idea many servants were married even when they lived with their employers and only got to visit home on Sunday afternoon if their employers were gracious enough One chapter on Elizabeth Banks lets the journalist tell her own experiences indetail, with lists of exactly her employers expected her to do A good book to read if you re interested in history or servitude

  2. Angela Buckley Angela Buckley says:

    Whether it s a grand house, like Downton Abbey, or amodest 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 andon this fascinating topic, through the voices of those who lived through it.Drawing on ora Whether it s a grand house, like Downton Abbey, or amodest 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 andon this fascinating topic, through the voices of those who lived through it.Drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports and diaries, Michelle presents the stories of individuals in service in a refreshingly different way The first hand accounts are compelling and each character draws the reader into their world, sharing their trials and triumphs their daily tasks and personal role in the strict hierarchy of domestic service The inimitable style brings their stories back to life and gives an illuminating glimpse into this now vanished lifestyle Michelle Higgs skill lies in knowing exactly when to intercede in the narrative and when to hold back to let others speak she sets each story clearly in context, with background information about the speaker The book is divided into four distinct eras, and each is prefaced with an informative explanation of development and characteristics of domestic service at that time What surprised me the most about this elucidating book is the range of experiences I had no idea that servants changed jobs so frequently, or that the occupation was so precarious and they were entirely at the mercy of the master and mistress of the house or, on apersonal level, how homesick many of them were The speakers themselves vary from butlers and housemaids to undercover journalists and political activists, covering significant topics, such as the role of women in society, equal pay, industrial action and the rise of leisure time.Servants Stories is not only for lovers of historical period dramas, but also for everyone who has a passion for history and would like to step behind the green baize door I would highly recommend it

  3. Sue Wilkes Sue Wilkes says:

    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, left a 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, left a good situation because her mother found her another place, and almost died from overwork It was also very difficult for servants to better themselves through education, as they rarely had a moment they could call their own You ll find yourself wanting to cheer on the rare occasions when a servant was able to turn the tables on an over exacting employer I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories, some of which were extremely moving This book is essential reading whether your ancestor was a domestic servant, or if you are just interested in the world of domestic service and the real heroes and heroines who kept homes running like clockwork, often at the cost of their own health

  4. Lauren Lauren says:

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

  5. Peggie Peggie says:

    I found this book to be similar to reading a textbook from a class taken years ago.

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10 thoughts on “Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs in Their Own Words 1800-1950

  1. Libby Libby says:

    It s fascinating to read the servants stories from their own viewpoints rather than from a non servant imagining what it must have been like I had no idea many servants were married even when they lived with their employers and only got to visit home on Sunday afternoon if their employers were gracious enough One chapter on Elizabeth Banks lets the journalist tell her own experiences indetail, with lists of exactly her employers expected her to do A good book to read if you re intere It s fascinating to read the servants stories from their own viewpoints rather than from a non servant imagining what it must have been like I had no idea many servants were married even when they lived with their employers and only got to visit home on Sunday afternoon if their employers were gracious enough One chapter on Elizabeth Banks lets the journalist tell her own experiences indetail, with lists of exactly her employers expected her to do A good book to read if you re interested in history or servitude


  2. Angela Buckley Angela Buckley says:

    Whether it s a grand house, like Downton Abbey, or amodest 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 andon this fascinating topic, through the voices of those who lived through it.Drawing on ora Whether it s a grand house, like Downton Abbey, or amodest 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 andon this fascinating topic, through the voices of those who lived through it.Drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports and diaries, Michelle presents the stories of individuals in service in a refreshingly different way The first hand accounts are compelling and each character draws the reader into their world, sharing their trials and triumphs their daily tasks and personal role in the strict hierarchy of domestic service The inimitable style brings their stories back to life and gives an illuminating glimpse into this now vanished lifestyle Michelle Higgs skill lies in knowing exactly when to intercede in the narrative and when to hold back to let others speak she sets each story clearly in context, with background information about the speaker The book is divided into four distinct eras, and each is prefaced with an informative explanation of development and characteristics of domestic service at that time What surprised me the most about this elucidating book is the range of experiences I had no idea that servants changed jobs so frequently, or that the occupation was so precarious and they were entirely at the mercy of the master and mistress of the house or, on apersonal level, how homesick many of them were The speakers themselves vary from butlers and housemaids to undercover journalists and political activists, covering significant topics, such as the role of women in society, equal pay, industrial action and the rise of leisure time.Servants Stories is not only for lovers of historical period dramas, but also for everyone who has a passion for history and would like to step behind the green baize door I would highly recommend it


  3. Sue Wilkes Sue Wilkes says:

    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, left a 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, left a good situation because her mother found her another place, and almost died from overwork It was also very difficult for servants to better themselves through education, as they rarely had a moment they could call their own You ll find yourself wanting to cheer on the rare occasions when a servant was able to turn the tables on an over exacting employer I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories, some of which were extremely moving This book is essential reading whether your ancestor was a domestic servant, or if you are just interested in the world of domestic service and the real heroes and heroines who kept homes running like clockwork, often at the cost of their own health


  4. Lauren Lauren says:

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


  5. Peggie Peggie says:

    I found this book to be similar to reading a textbook from a class taken years ago.


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