By Margaret Powell
Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished international of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s vintage memoir of her time in provider, less than Stairs, is the extraordinary actual tale of an indomitable girl who, notwithstanding she served within the nice homes of britain, by no means stopped aiming excessive. Powell first arrived on the servants' front of 1 of these nice homes within the Twenties. As a kitchen maid – the bottom of the low – she entered a wholly new global; one among stoves to be blacked, greens to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed. paintings begun at 5.30am and went on until eventually after darkish. It used to be a miles cry from her adolescence at the seashores of Hove, the place cash and foodstuff have been scarce, yet heat and laughter by no means have been. but from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids’ curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking tale of Agnes the pregnant under-parlormaid, fired for being seduced by way of her mistress’s nephew, Margaret’s stories of her time in carrier are advised with wit, heat, and a pointy eye for the prejudices of her scenario. Margaret Powell's real tale of a lifestyles spent in provider is an engaging “downstairs” portrait of the glittering, long-gone worlds in the back of the closed doorways of Downton Abbey and one hundred sixty five Eaton position.
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By 1592, after the plantation of Offaly, Leix, and Minister, only about 1,300 planters occupied Ireland. 22 Failing miserably to impose their way of life on the local populace, many planters chose to intermarry and instead adapted to the Irish lifestyle. The most vigorous effort to colonize Ireland began in the early seventeenth century, during the reign of King James VI of Scotland, who also ruled as King James I of England. Again, colonists from Scotland and England were enticed to Ireland with the promise of land in exchange for constructing castles and stone or brick homes equipped with "bawns," or fortified enclosures similar to baileys.
7 Unfortunately, the high expense and considerable effort involved in excavating motte and ringwork castles have prevented researchers from making reasonably accurate conclusions on this issue. Interestingly, the earliest ringwork castles appeared in Wales during the first decade of the twelfth century, about thirty years after the first mottes and stone castles were built, begging the question of the purpose they served for the Normans. Many were quickly reinforced with stone, as at Coity, Ogmore, and Newcastle Bridgend, also in Glamorgan, all of which were 5 6 BRITAIN'S MEDIEVAL CASTLES lordship centers, while still others were relatively modest sites, perhaps functioning as the defended residences of less wealthy individuals.
The seventeenth-century plantation of Ireland also involved the construction of twenty planned towns, including Belfast. Rather than being laid out on the straightforward rectilinear grid plan employed in medieval England and Wales, these plantation towns contained square- or diamondshaped centers, which housed their marketplaces, and widely spaced streets lined with tall houses radiated outward at regular intervals. " 26 Their ongoing presence in an area ensured the survival of the feudal lordship (at least in theory) and the monarchy (again, in theory).