"A companion edition to the Masterpiece presentation on PBS."--Cover.
Family life -- Society -- Change -- Lilfe in service -- Style -- House & estate -- Romance -- War -- Behind the scence -- Cast list.
A companion book to the popular British series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants offers insights into the story and characters and background information on British society in the early years of the twentieth century.
This book describes the very stratified British manor house in the early 20th century. Those who like the "Downtown Abbey" series will enjoy this book, as it describes how the characters would have fit into society of the time: aristocratic family or servants. The lives of the servants would not have been nearly as romantic as the TV show would have its viewers think, but even some members of the aristocracy, particularly women, lived circumscribed lives. Women had to wed, and landing a good husband was the sole job and goal of young, single women.