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The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff by Carnival Productions

The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff

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A good corrective for anyone getting sentimental about the good old days. For those “below” stairs, these household rules detail just what you should be doing and when. If that was not enough there are plenty of rules governing sitting, standing and picking things up correctly. When you’ve absorbed all this you can commit to memory the order of priority among the guests – all 54 levels of it.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This nicely produced little book has been put together from documents and handbooks of the period – like the 1899 Gentleman’s Cellar & Butler’s Guide, or an 1860 Servants Companion. As well as being an entertaining guide to how shoes should be shined or hats cared for, the proper way to lay tables and the order of precedence for seating at dinners, it makes a thoroughly fascinating historical document of times past.
~ Fiona Lafferty


The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff by Carnival Productions

The household staff of Downton Abbey carry out their duties with effortless dignity, finesse and pride. Yet how do they know how exactly to lay the table, when to leave the room to give Lord and Lady Grantham their privacy, how to care for Lady Mary's furs and which uniform to wear when? This recently recovered and fascinating staff handbook answers all of these questions and more. Covering all the main positions of the Downton household - footman, lady's maid, housekeeper, groundsman and more - and with a general introduction for new members of staff from Carson the Butler, this book tells you everything you need to know about working below stairs in the grand estate of Downton Abbey.

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A biography of Carson to come if approval can be sought from Julian Fellowes

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Publication date

9th October 2014


Carnival Productions

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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


128 pages


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