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The Complete Servant

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A source of social history and a guide to backstairs living in large and modest houses of the late Georgian era. It contains sections on cookery and recipes that describes work in the kitchen offices. It also contains a section on the Head Nurse that has directions on contemporary child care. It discusses 30 categories of servants' duties.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Southover Press (first published August 17th 1989)
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Kressel Housman
When I was working on my own Jane Austen fanfic, which focused on the Pemberley servants, this book was recommended as a primary source for my research. It was written circa 1825 by a husband and wife who were the highest-ranking servants in their household. They wrote it as a practical guide for people seeking work as servants. Each chapter describes the different positions and the jobs required in each. The introduction with general advice was especially useful for me, but my favorite part was ...more
Julian Griffith
Every Regency writer NEEDS TO READ THIS.

It's not just advice for servants and explanations of their duties, although that in itself is brilliant. But it has recipes, and weights and measures, and HACKNEY FARES IN LONDON including a table of fares from the major theaters to various locations, and information on the London post, and where the mail-coaches leave from for outlying parts... THIS IS YOUR SECRET WEAPON FOR AUTHENTICITY.

note: free on Google Books.
Stevie Carroll
A very comprehensive guide to the servants required in Georgian houses of all sizes. Recipes for all manner of dishes and cleaning stuffs are included too.
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Goes through roles very well in detail, great for historical bits on service
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