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A reminder of how things have changed,
This review is from: Mistress Of Charlecote: Mistress of Charlecote (PB): The Memoirs of Mary Elizabeth Lucy (Paperback)
Mary Elizabeth Lucy's memoirs are interesting in the sense that from them we can see how much our society has changed in barely 100 years since her death. Her era is one of deference with tennant farmers pooling their savings to buy diamond gifts when a member of their landlord's family is wedded. When she talks of poverty it is the members of her own class who she is concerned about who have to close up their country houses or sell their grouse moors when their farm incomes fall (the farmers families who were doubtless consigned to the workhouses don't get a mention). The Church is a constant reminder that we are all sinners and provides solace when the young children, even of wealthy families, fall terminally ill to what today would be considered minor ailments. Even as late as 1886 Mary Elizabeth treats herself for a sore back with poltices and leeches, treatments used since the days of the Tudors which, within a few years of her death would dissappear forever. A strongly recommended first person account, if only it were longer.