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The Country House Servant
One 19th century footman complained about the work involved in drawing more than 40 baths for his household, yet Lady Grenville felt no compunction in describing her footman as a "lazy flunkey." For centuries a large body of domestic servants was an often unappreciated foundation for the smooth running of a household. Today, the warrens of "domestic offices" intrigue ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Sutton Publishing
(first published September 1999)
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While this is generally a very interesting and informative volume, the reader who picks it up based on the title alone may become annoyed. Sambrook notes in the Introduction that because of the size of the subject, she has limited herself to those three categories of servants who were mostly concerned with cleaning the country house and its contents -- the footman, the housemaid, and especially the laundrymaid. The kitchen staff, grooms, valets, and so on, she says, deserve their own studies. Wh ...more