Downton Abbey @ Duke University Libraries

  1. Guest post by Margaret Brill

Are you pining for Downton Abbey?  Try reading about the lives of servants and their employers in that historical period. Check out Duke Libraries’ excellent selection below.

If you missed the program or individual episodes, Lilly Library has the DVDs of Season 1 and Season 2. You can borrow them for three days with a one-time online renewal.

Delap, Lucy. Knowing their Place : Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Perkins/Bostock New & Noteworthy HD8039.D52 G7185 2011

Pamela Horn, Life below stairs in the 20th century. Stroud: Sutton, 2001. Perkins/Bostock
Library HD6072.2.G7 H67 2001

Alison Maloney, Life below stairs : true lives of Edwardian servants. London: Michael O’Mara, 2011.

Margaret Powell, Below stairs : The classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2012. Lilly Library Current Lit/Perkins/Bostock Library New & Noteworthy TX649.P68 A3 2012

Aristocracy and Country Houses
David Cannadine,  Aspects of aristocracy : grandeur and decline in modern Britain. New Haven: Yale University Press. Library Service Center  HT653.G7 C357 1994

Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Almina and the real Downton abbey : The lost legacy of Highclere Castle. New York: Broadway Paperbacks. 2011.  Lilly Library Current Literature and Perkins/Bostock DA566.9.C376 C376 2011

Jessica Fellowes, The world of Downton Abbey. Ed. Nick Briggs. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press. 2011. Lilly Library Current Lit. and Perkins/Bostock New & Noteworthy PN1992.77.D695 F45 2011

Jessica Gerard, Country house life: family and servants, 1815-1914. Oxford England ; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1994 Library Service Center HQ613 .G47 1994

Girouard, Mark, 1931-. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978. Perkins/Bostock HT653.G7 G57 1978 (and LSC)

M. Montgomery, Gilded Prostitution”: status, money, and transatlantic marriages, 1870-1914. London ; New York: Routledge, 1989. Perkins/Bostock HQ1032 .M65 1989

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P.S. If Lilly’s copies of DA are checked out, don’t forget the series that started it all: Upstairs Downstairs. Gosford Park, The Forsyte Saga, Cranford and The Buccaneers are terrific as well.

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