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Life in a Victorian Household

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  305 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
What was it like to live in a Victorian household? What time did the servants have to get up? What was the food like and who cooked it? How did the clothing differ for the different types of servants? How much did the servants get paid? This fascinating book takes you back in time and shows you what it was really like to live in Victorian times, for those both above and be ...more
ebook, 73 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published March 1st 2007)
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SheLove2Read
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If you can pick this up for free that is the only way I would bother with this short read. Rambling and disjointed. 1.5 stars
Laura Lee
Could have been much more interesting if it had been fleshed out, had been hoping for some pictures, too. She's written other books, but assume they are all this short, not worth paying for.
Kristin Holt
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book specifically for my own ongoing research and understanding of history. It explains a great deal in four chapters: 1) Middle-class Victorian Homes, 2) Mistress of the Household, 3) Recruiting and Replacing the Servants, and 4) Life Below Stairs.

"Like a large house and garden, a wife or daughter with nothing to do was an emblem of success."
~Katharine Chorley, quoted in Life in a Victorian Household

Yet… Mistresses of the household were expected to maintain control of the househol
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Jeff Chapman
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but interesting read for anyone wanting an introduction to Victorian daily life. Much of the focus is on the servants, either how employers dealt with them or what they did. That in itself says a lot about daily life for wealthy and middle class women of the time. Horn keeps the big picture in focus while providing tidbits of detail drawn from diaries, letters, and period books on household management.
Carole
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but could be longer

This book will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy potted history. For me it needed to be of greater depth in each area it looked at. I enjoyed it as far as it went . If you enjoy a book that piques your interest in this field then it will have served its purpose.
Joseph Cook
Ok book. Misspellings but one gets the general idea . Not one I'd brag about. Slightly informative.

One gets the general idea of book. Slightly informative. A quick read. Does make you glad you live in today's society.
Donna
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History of domesticity

This book is an excellent resource for explaining the running of large manor houses like the fictional Downton Abbey as well as smaller establishments found in the Austen and Bronte period pieces.
Hristina Ivanova
Too short to be worthy of a reviews, but it was ok, nothing special. I expected more, but it seemed like the same few facts are repeated over and over again. Looks more like a student research than a published book,to be honest.
Donna Maguire
An interesting insight to live behind closed doors and what it was really like for the male and female servants in both the large and smaller households.
Dee brown
Interesting and a quick read.
J.E.S. Hays
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but sweet. A nice overview of the world of the Victorians. Could have used more pictures but I enjoyed the read.
Melanie
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good resource book on servants in the Victorian home, my only complaint is that it was too short.
Terry Foster
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting

Quaint and readable. Enjoyed , but in small doses. Life was strange back then, glad I wasn't around then.
Nice
Kim Ess
Simple and to the point. I enjoyed it because I'm fascinated by this historical period.
Victoria Szulc
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good basic book on Victorian life. It's a quick, easy read and gives the reader a good idea of what living in that time period was like.
Ashley
Meh. Go with Judith Flanders "Inside the Victorian Home" instead.
Kelly Martin
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, historical
This is not a long book but it is a book full of interesting facts. Truly enjoyable!
Kerstin Marie
Boring. Not what I hoped the book would be.
Leigh Ann
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like those "day in the life" books that give you the details of what regular people did daily.
Tsarina60
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating short treatise on domestics in Victorian times
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Pamela Horn is an historian specialising in Victorian social history. The author of acclaimed books on rural life, servant lives and childhood, she lectured on economic and social history at Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University, for over twenty years.
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