Wise Words & Country House Ways by Ruth Binney

9781446302187 David and Charles
This charming guide to the world of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, reveals the everyday habits of the great and the good of the Edwardian era and the duties of the teams of servants that made it all possible. All the tips and tricks of Edwardian housekeeping are revealed from growing prize blooms and vegetables in the garden to preparing cuisine for all classes in the kitchen, from cleaning and mending around the house to throwing a grand ball for the great and good. Illustrated with photographs, line drawings and contemporary ephemera, Wise Words and Country House Ways brings the real world behind the drama to life and will be fascinating for anyone who has enjoyed watching the lives of Lord Grantham and his family and wondered what it would be like to be served, or in service, in a great house.