|New from Pen and Sword History|
| Servants’ Stories
Life Below Stairs in their Own Words 1800-1950
Step into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines (and heroes) of society. Between 1800 and 1950, the role of servants changed dramatically but they remained the people without whom the upper and middle classes could not function.
Through oral histories, diaries, newspaper reports and never before seen testimonies, author Michelle Higgs tells these servants’ stories, warts and all.
Find out about the ‘servant problem’ and how servants found work; how National Insurance began to improve their lot; the impact the Great War had on domestic service; and what was done to try to make the occupation appealing to a new generation.
| A Pauper’s History of England
1,000 Years of Peasants, Beggars and Guttersnipes
Experience the past from a different perspective:
What would English history look like from the gutter? The past is traditionally told from the viewpoint of kings and queens, politicians and pioneers. But what about the people struggling to survive at the very lowest levels of society? Surely the poor are just as much a part of our heritage?
A Pauper’s History of England covers 1,000 years of poverty from Domesday right up to the twentieth century, via the Black Death and the English Civil War. It uses contemporary sources creatively to give the reader an idea of just what life was like for the peasants, paupers, beggars and the working poor as England developed from a feudal society into a wealthy superpower.
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