Joined: 01 Jun 2014
Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:51 pm
Post subject: Manor homes
Does anyone have any information on what life was like for the landed gentry who lived in manor homes? I'm writing a novel and really can't find much! Thanks.
Aga PawlusPolishOrigins Team
Joined: 10 Mar 2013
Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:01 am
There is one excellent book, but unfortunately only in Polish:
"Dwór wiejski" (Rural manor house) by Karolina Nakwaska from Potocki family. This book is from 1843, but there are contemporary re-editions.
This is a kind of the guide for the housewives, including the description and layout of a residential home, courtyard and other buildings. The equipment of the pantry, the servants, their choice and behavior, timetable and general house equipment, recipes and a collection of practical tips including: toothache, pregnancy, maligna, marriage, potions, mulberries, flies and ants, food properties, leg or hand twisting etc.
This is the treasury of knowledge about life in those days.
Good luck with your novel!
Joined: 18 Jan 2017
Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:05 am
And of course if you want something visual and aural relating to the social life on a country manor, nothing can beat the famous Polonez scene of Andrzej Wajda’s film of the classic Polish epic poem “Pan Tadeusz”. Here is a short YouTube clip from the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_Tbc_XTnPw