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Servants :A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times

Lucy Lethbridge

Downton Abbey fans anxiously awaiting the season 4 premiere next January 5th may want to settle down with this book in the meantime! British journalist Lucy Lethbridge writes that the history of domestic service in England was not just the laboring class serving the upper crust in a lavish Edwardian estate, as television would lead us to believe. Even middle-class households would often employ just one lonely maid to show they could afford the help. Through letters, diaries, and fascinating stories, Lethbridge presents a vivid picture of life “below stairs.”