Country House Life: Family and Servants 1815-1914

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Oktober 1994



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, private and public autobiographies, and on the childhood recollections of living descendants.


Introduction. 1. Demography of the Family. 2. The Country House Childhood. 3. Parents and Children. 4. Courtship and Marriage. 5. The Lives of Women. 6. Staff Size. 7. Demography of Servants. 8. Gentleman's Service. 9. Life Below Stairs. 10. Employers and Servants. Conclusion. Notes. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.


Jessica Gerard was born and grew up in New Zealand where she gained her MA at the University of Canterbury. She received her PhD at the University of London and has since lived in the United States, where she has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Southwest Missouri State University.


"In spite of the number of books on the topic, Jessica Gerard has managed to make an important contribution ..." The American Historical Review "Gerard's account breaks new ground in several ways. It studies the country house as a functioning machine, gives much more attention to upper-class women, explores the relationships between masters and servants and it strikes a nice balance between the forces of continuity and change as they affected the 19th-century country house. Fascinating and well documented study." The Spectator "With admirable objectivity, the author challenges the myths and misconceptions of country-house life and, in doing so, helps to explain the enduring attraction of her subject ... Absorbing and scholarly." Country Life "We know a great deal about the theory of country houses, both as machines for living and as power bases for the landed classes, but not much about the actual practice of living in and running them. Jessica Gerard, in this finely researched book, breathes life into the theory, and fills the country house with real people. It is on the servants that Jessica Gerard has her most absorbing material, and it is in analysing their lives, careers and relations with their employers that she makes her most striking contribution to scholarship. ... Jessica Gerard has furnished a fully documented and verified version not simply of Upstairs, Downstairs, but of all the different worlds of servants' halls. It is a notable achievement." The Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780631155669
ISBN: 063115566X
Untertitel: 1995. Corr. 2nd. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1994
Seitenanzahl: 388 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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