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Country house life : family and servants, 1815-1914

Author: Jessica Gerard
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell, 1994.
Series: Family, sexuality, and social relations in past times.
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"This is an account of the lives of the families and the servants of the British country house from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the onset of the Great War. It is a pioneering history based on contemporary records, diaries, letters, private and public autobiographies, and on the childhood recollections of living descendants. Never before have the intimacies of life below and above stairs been depicted with such
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Gerard
ISBN: 063115566X 9780631155669
OCLC Number: 28963138
Description: x, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Demography of the Landed Family --
2. The Country House Childhood --
3. Parents and Children --
4. Courtship and Marriage --
5. Country House Women --
6. Staff Size --
7. The Demography of Country House Servants --
8. Gentleman's Service --
9. Life Below Stairs --
10. Relations Between Employers and Servants --
Appendix: Servants' Wages Records.
Series Title: Family, sexuality, and social relations in past times.
Responsibility: Jessica Gerard.

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