What the butler winked at : Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler. / Eric Horne.
- ISBN: 9781594165306 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2011.
Eric Horne served as a butler in some of the great English country manors from the 1860s until just after World War I, when many of the families whose heirs died in battle were forced to sell off their homes. Born in Southampton, Horne came from a humble family who valued education. Horne excelled in school and wished to go to sea, but lacking his parents' permission, he instead ended up as a footboy for a local household. Over the years, Horne moved up in the service of the aristocracy: his goal was to become butler to the king of England, a position he very nearly secured. He did end up in the service of several distinguished households for many decades, and upon his retirement in 1922, he decided to write his memoir. Horne is a unique voice; not only did he have intimate contact with his employers and the household staff, he also possessed literary talent, so that his account provides authentic detail as well as shrewd-and often witty-views of the aristocracy,...
Electronic reproduction. Yardley : Westholme Publishing, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 343 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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