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A Brief Guide to Private Life in Britain's Stately Homes

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Timed to coincide with the release of the third and final series of the award-winning Downton Abbey, which has attracted audiences of more than 10 million viewers. This Brief Guidecelebrates the Victorian and Edwardian eras that marked the golden age of the English countryhouse: a time when opulence and formality attained a level that would never be matched again.Author Michael Paterson skillfully and entertainingly explores the myths and realities of thisvanished world, both ...

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Overview

Timed to coincide with the release of the third and final series of the award-winning Downton Abbey, which has attracted audiences of more than 10 million viewers. This Brief Guidecelebrates the Victorian and Edwardian eras that marked the golden age of the English countryhouse: a time when opulence and formality attained a level that would never be matched again.Author Michael Paterson skillfully and entertainingly explores the myths and realities of thisvanished world, both upstairs and down.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762447220
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 530,568
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Paterson is a writer and researcher, and has worked at the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of Dickens’ London and A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 The British Country House 14

2 The People and Their Houses 34

3 Upstairs 111

4 Downstairs 151

Epilogue: The People 244

Epilogue: The Houses 257

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