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It's not all longing looks across the dining room from that high-class gentleman! Life as a Victorian servant was tough, tough, tough! Discover the bizarre and oh-so-strict rules one had to keep to when serving the dignitaries in 'Victorian Servants: A Very Peculiar History'. Rise up through the ranks from washerwoman to housemaid to ladies' maid and beyond, but mind you don't keep any 'followers', as boyfriends are immoral and are strictly not allowed! While you wait on hand and foot from 5.30 am to 11 pm you won't even have time to rest your own. The chamber pots are certainly not to be sniffed at, and remember if the bell rings once, you are wanted. It's hard work but it's better than the alternative: begging, returning home penniless or heading to the workhouse. You'll discover stories of suffering and household tips galore in 'Victorian Servants: A Very Peculiar History'!

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Victorian Servants, A Very Peculiar History
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Slavery by any other name.
December 10th, 2014
I think like many others who have watched such TV series such as Upstairs and Downstairs or The Pallisurs that within these narratives servants were treated in a reasonable manner. Not so! by reading this book one can only wonder at how far we have progressed from these harrowing tales of misery although in our present times we can still find examples of human exploitation.
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Days of old in servants life
December 29th, 2013
Good read..very detailed as to servants in the old days. I was looking for some history of those days while watching Downton Abbey.
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