Tag Archives: snobbery

Ward McAllister

I’m reading Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017), and discovered a character from mid-century New York high society I’d never heard of before: Ward McAllister. McAllister had been extremely hunky in his youth, … Continue reading

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The Fashions of Edward VII

I’m currently reading Simon Heffer’s The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914, and found the below specifics. All quotations are directly from the book. All monarchs are known for setting a strict tone at their court, be it the pomp … Continue reading

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Earl Grey

I was watching a recent episode of QI (Series N, Episode “Noble Rot”) and found this interesting story about Earl Grey (both the tea and the man). This is Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845), prime minister of Great … Continue reading

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Wife-Swap

I found this story in The British Chronicle, 15 September 1790. If Doris Day didn’t star in some sort of 1960s bedroom comedy farce with a similar plot, I’ll eat my hat. “The following circumstances created some buzz at a … Continue reading

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Apologizing to Servants

Another really quick one today, as I wrap up E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. What do you do if you, as an aristocrat, have been rude to one of your members of staff or blamed them for something wrongly? … Continue reading

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No Tea For Servants

Just a quick one today. I got the following story from E.S. Turner’s What The Butler Saw. I know that tea was a highly politicized drink in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I remember reading somewhere about various moralistic tracts … Continue reading

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No Servants

I found the following story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. We’ve talked a bit on this blog before about servants needing to be invisible to their employers. This takes it to a new level. “It had always been … Continue reading

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