What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw

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'A book which goes on a special shelf in my library.' P.G. Wodehouse What the Butler Saw (1962) is one of E.S. Turner's most pertinent and illuminating 'social histories', an exploration of the 'upstairs/downstairs' relationship across three centuries of English life. Drawing on literature, contemporary accounts and household manuals, Turner describes in fascinating detail how it came to be that the upper classes felt a need for an ever larger household staff, engaged in every imaginable form of drudgery; and, accordingly, how those in service - from high to low, butler to footman, housemaid to au pair - had to give satisfaction to their masters and mistresses while also, on occasions, contending with physical blows, tantrums, and (in the cases of some unfortunate servant girls) threats to their virtue.... is Dr William Kitchiner, an old Etonian with a Glasgow medical degree, who began to turn out his manuals in 1811. ... In extremity a master could advertise, but it was desirable to direct applicants to a tradesman and let him filter them (if theanbsp;...

Title:What the Butler Saw
Author:E. S. Turner
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2012-05-15


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