Last year, I did a blog posts on books I read to help get me in the mood for Downton Abbey. You can read the original post here. Here is another selection of books to help you get in the spirit of the historical soap opera. Enjoy!
Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney. A quick read with a lot of great information, the book offers an overview of the lives of the servants who helped make the glittering life of the landed families so grand.
To Marry and English Lord by Gail MacColl. If you want to know the history behind rich American women like Lady Cora marrying into the English aristocracy, then this is the book for you. I first read and fell in love with this book twenty years ago. It's a fun look at a brief moment in both British and American history.
Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World Behind Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick. A more complex look into the lives of both the servants and the upper class in Edwardian England.
The English Gentleman: The Rise and Fall of an Ideal by Philip Mason. This is an interesting look into the lives of upper class British men and what it took to be a gentleman.
I hope you check out some of these books and delve a little deeper into a bygone era.
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