We have always been fascinated by the dichotomy of the parallel lives of the aristocracy and their servants. Explore how the other half lives with novels such as Denis Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist and Julian Fellowes' Past Imperfect, and non-fiction such as Margaret Powell's maid's memoir, Below Stairs, and Pamela Sambrook's history of domestic service, Keeping Their Place.
Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended...
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Translation of "Koronatsiia".
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A history that brings to life the real country house servants
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