Social & Industrial History
The Art of Dining
A History of Cooking & Eating
Behind the strange ingredients and instructions in old cookbooks lies another world, where foods we take for granted were unknown, preparation was laborious, and dining reflected social attitudes far removed from those of today. This volume draws on the records of National Trust houses to show how dining habits evolved from the cavernous kitchens of medieval manors to the technology of Victorian houses. Lavishly illustrated with period images, each chapter includes historical recipes with modern adaptations.
Country House Life
A Century in Photographs
With an engaging commentary and over 250 photographs of the people who lived and worked in houses such as Polesden Lacey, Lacock Abbey and Castle Drogo, this book offers an authentic picture of life in the English country house during its heyday. Drawn from family albums and collections and covering the period from the 1840s to 1945, the photographs record everyday life for the families and staff as well as family celebrations, garden parties, sporting events and the occasional visit by royalty.
The Country House at War
Fighting the Great War at Home and in the Trenches
In August 1914, few realized the effects that war would have on every part of society. Simon Greaves explores the experiences of the men and women who lived and worked at properties that are now part of the National Trust. Drawing on unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs, and illustrated with period images, the book evokes life at stately homes as they became military hospitals and training camps – and the fate of those who left them to fight in the trenches.