Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pirate Attack

Two cool things I learned from reading David Cordingly’s Under the Black Flag (which I did not expect to get any blogging material from, but there you go): 1.) The only account of real pirates ever forcing someone to walk … Continue reading

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The Gardner Peerage Case

I found the following story in Margot Finn, Michael Lobban, and Jenny Bourne Taylor’s Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History. Do you guys like stories about vicious course cases, aristocrats, and issues of dodgy paternity? OF COURSE … Continue reading

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The Sensitivity of Cooks

We’ve talked a bit before on this blog about the fiery tempers and perfectionist working environments of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cooks in grand establishments. Let’s hear about a few more. I heard this story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Maid

I found the following information in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. Turner gives a specific chapter to the lady’s maid. It was a cushy and well-respected job, if you could get it (at least in the hierarchy of servants), … Continue reading

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“Black Boy” Servants

I got the following story from E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. As you may or may not be aware, in eighteenth-century Britain, it was extremely fashionable to own young black boys and present them in the capacity of ‘pet’. … Continue reading

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Sexing the Servants, Part 3

I found the following stories in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. We’ve discussed the pitfalls of sexual relations between employers and servants a couple of times on this blog, but it seems the stories are endless. “A gentleman setting … Continue reading

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Sexing the Servants, Part 2

I found these stories in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. We’ve talked before about the moral quagmire that was employers having sex with their servants, usually with far greater consequences for the servants. This post has nothing new to … Continue reading

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