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Other Nonfiction Accounts

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Black Diamonds - Catherine Bailey
ISBN: 9780143126843
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
Bailey turns from fiction to nonfiction in her account of the Fitzwilliam dynasty in the early 1900s. The Fitzwilliams gained all of their wealth through their coal mining dynasty and as a result, should have been in the clear monetarily wise. After the sixth Earl of Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind 3 millions pounds, a fortune in those times, and also four sons. The Fitzwilliams family legacy swirled with scandal from pregnancies out of wedlock, affairs, feuds, and disputes with workers. Through Bailey's research of the Fitzwilliam family, she discovered that many of their records were intentionally destroyed in a fire, leaving many more mysteries to forever shroud the family.

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The Secret Rooms - Catherine Bailey
ISBN: 9780143124733
Publication Date: 2013-12-31
This book happened as an act of circumstance. While researching material for another book, historian Catherine Bailey found gaps in letters of John Manners, the 9th Duke of Rutland. Searching for those letters, Bailey discovers secrets of this family during WWI. Three periods of the Duke's life were erased and Bailey finds out secrets involving his mother, Violet, the Duchess of Rutland, who strove to control her son's life in every aspect and other secrets involving death, war, and codes.


Life in the Big House

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Upstairs and Downstairs - Sarah Warwick
ISBN: 9781847327901
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Warwick introduces and discusses the relationships between the aristocracy and their servants. Interspersed with photographs, this brief history of upper-class life takes readers through a typical day. Illustrations and recollections help Warwick formulate this book.

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Servants - Lucy Lethbridge
ISBN: 9780393241099
Publication Date: 2013-11-18
In this book, Lethbridge discusses a scenario in the 1930s when a social researcher spent time as a scullery maid in a big London house. While examining life within that specific house's upstairs and downstairs life, the author also takes a turn at exploring the shifting ideas of domestic service in the country as a whole. Fans of the servant and family dynamic in Downton Abbey will enjoy this book as it dives deeper into this relationship.

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Not in Front of the Servants - Frank Dawes
ISBN: 0800856058
Publication Date: 1974-01-01
Dawes put together this book as a result of the hundreds of personal accounts of servants that he was flooded with when he asked for responses. This book allows readers a unique insight into actual stories of servants, as well as photographs showing their working conditions.

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Life below Stairs - Alison Maloney
ISBN: 9781250017659
Publication Date: 2012-12-24
Everything upstairs in Edwardian life was a picture of calm, order, and elegance. Downstairs, the house staff worked immensely hard to keep the upstairs running as smooth as possible. In this book, Maloney goes back in time and dissects what life was really like for those who worked downstairs: both the positives and the negatives.


Similar Memoirs

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The Glitter and the Gold - Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
ISBN: 9781250017185
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and heir to a massive fortune who just happened to be in love with an American suitor when her mother decided she would be better off marrying an English Duke. Shipped to England as the new Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo found herself immersed in the new house structure of upstairs and downstairs, as well as the rich and opulent balls thrown by her and the ones she was invited to.

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What They Ate

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Edwardian Cooking - Larry Edwards
ISBN: 9781611457780
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
In addition to these 80 recipes. Edwards talk about just how 19th and 20th century cuisine was enjoyed by the English aristocracy and how kitchen staff prepared each feast.


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