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Up and Down Stairs by Jeremy Musson
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Read from May 31 to June 10, 2012

Jeremy Musson has provided a fascinating glimpse into the social history of England's country houses. Starting with the late medieval castles and continuing all the way to present-day estates in the hands of the National Trust or institutional hands, he traces the evolution of the relationships between the owners of the establishment and the people who actually run it. It's a commentary on how social relationships have changed over the centuries, in response to the political and cultural changes outside the homes. He has thoroughly researched his topic, and he provides a plethora of first-hand descriptions and comments. At times I found the book to be a bit plodding - lots of minutia-- but overall, I enjoyed this.
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