Writer’s Block. What to do?

It is not uncommon for writers and artists to come to a point in their work where nothing more can come out of their normally creative brain. It seems like their creative process is not working and like they can't do anything more on their work. This is known as writer's/artist's block. Now, although writer's … Continue reading Writer’s Block. What to do?


Lovers, Madmen, and Poets

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, / Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend / More than cool reason ever comprehends. / The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact: / One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, / That is, the madman; the lover, all as frantic, / … Continue reading Lovers, Madmen, and Poets

The Servant Hierarchy

Helpful for Writing historical fiction stories….


This post is very much overdue! Besides the fact that this particular post should really get an airing before I finish the last part of Genre which will discuss the social country house, I find I’ve not included a plain and simple breakdown of the country house servant hierarchy! That’s without a mention of the incredibly persuasive Downton Abbey….

Therefore, the following is a list of servants predominantly from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, and a very brief note of duties for those respective positions.

I have included an average of annual wages or salaries for positions throughout the centuries where possible* taking into account rising costs, but it is important to note that these could be vastly different between houses, and the demands of particular families.  I have omitted references to other allowances such as beer, general perquisites like clothing or livery and board wages (a sum…

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