This is just a partial bibliography of some of my favorite sources. If you have particular questions about any of my research, please e-mail me or comment! It’s a subject I never get tired of talking about.
1. Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century, by Bridget Hill. So detailed and helpful!
2. Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600-1857, by Michael H. Fisher. I love this book. An insightful and heavily footnoted starting point for the Indian community in Britain during the Regency.
3. The Complete Servant: Being a Practical Guide to the Peculiar Duties and Business of All Descriptions of Servants, &c., by Samuel and Sarah Adams. First published in 1825 by a married couple of career servants, this book was invaluable to me in laying out how people in the field at the time thought a household should be run. It also includes a ton of cleaning and cooking tips!
4. Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802, by James Woodforde. This diary is fascinating (although I didn’t make it through the whole thing) and the edition I read had a very helpful foreword with a lot of information about the church at the time.
5. The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century, by Timothy Brittain-Catlin. One of those books you don’t expect to be as phenomenally useful as it turns out to be. This book covers not only parsonage architecture but church politics and bureaucracy. Plus there are tons of floor plans!
6. Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660-1800, by Joanne Bailey. Exactly what it says on the tin. A lot of people talk as if before easily accessible divorce, everyone just stayed married. Not so! I got my information about bigamy and separate maintenance from this book.
7. Folklore of Sussex, by Jacqueline Simpson. I can’t say enough good things about this series. Covers folk tales, superstitions, folk medicine, holidays, and much much more.