• What The Butler Saw

What The Butler Saw

What The Butler Saw

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  • Author
    E S Turner
  • Publisher
    Faber Faber
  • Publication date
    15 May 2012

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    What The Butler Saw

  • Author

    E S Turner

  • Date Published

    15 May 2012

  • Publisher

    Faber Faber

  • Pages

    312 pages

  • ISBN

    9780571295180

Book Description

'A book which goes on a special shelf in my library.' P.G. Wodehouse

What the Butler Saw (1962) is one of E.S. Turner's most pertinent and illuminating 'social histories', an exploration of the 'upstairs/downstairs' relationship across three centuries of English life. Drawing on literature, contemporary accounts and household manuals, Turner describes in fascinating detail how it came to be that the upper classes felt a need for an ever larger household staff, engaged in every imaginable form of drudgery; and, accordingly, how those in service - from high to low, butler to footman, housemaid to au pair - had to give satisfaction to their masters and mistresses while also, on occasions, contending with physical blows, tantrums, and (in the cases of some unfortunate servant girls) threats to their virtue.

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