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« on: March 20, 2011, 09:46:47 pm »

As a history buff, I am a fan of 'Great Castles of Europe' series. I first watched it on the Discovery Civilization channel and was delighted to find out that some episodes are now on YouTube.

Here is Neuschwanstein Castle, in the Bavarian Alps of Germany (it inspired the one in 'Cinderella'):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_uFzANW2Xo

I've visited the place twice. If you ever go to Germany, I highly recommend it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 06:19:07 pm »

I love this castle. thankyou
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2012, 06:43:06 pm »

Visit To The Greenhouses Of The Belgian Royal Palace

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=142926999&EditorialProduct=Royalty

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012, 08:10:48 pm »

To my shame I have to admit I haven't seen them yet (botanical garden is not my thing really), but they sure look amazing sigh
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 03:41:48 pm »

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Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a life of luxury and indolence for a wealthy few supported by the labor of hundreds of servants toiling ceaselessly "below stairs" to make the lives of their lords and ladies run as smoothly as possible. It is a world that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume dramas to this day, including PBS' Downton Abbey.

But what was really going on behind these stately walls? Secrets of the Manor House looks beyond the fiction to the truth of what life was like in these ancient British houses. They were communities where two separate worlds existed side by side: the poor worked as domestic servants, while the nation’s wealthiest families enjoyed a lifestyle of luxury, and aristocrats ruled over their servants as they had done for a thousand years.


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Maids ironing and doing the laundry at Petworth House.The program talks to present-day British lords and ladies and to the descendants of those who lived and worked in manor houses across the country. A series of expert historians explain the true picture of how life was lived within the walls of these stately homes that had changed very little for centuries. It explains the hierarchy of the British establishment: led by the king with a supporting cast of dukes, earls and barons, each keenly aware of his or her place. It visits modern manor houses, where aristocratic families sometimes still rule over scores of servants, in homes with 100 and more bedrooms, and where the lord still enjoys a luxurious life of hunting, shooting and fishing among the beauty of rural Britain. And it details the true hardship of life as a "downstairs" servant: maids would carry 45 gallons of hot water along hidden servants’ passageways to fill one aristocratic lady’s bath, and a housemaid’s day would start before dawn and last for 17 hours as she scrubbed floors, cleaned grates and carried coal — all for a wage of $15 a year.

But, precisely a century ago, a perfect storm of financial hardship and political and social change was threatening to engulf this traditional British way of life. Some impoverished British aristocrats married wealthy American heiresses to prop up and sustain their fading manor houses; the working classes were finding a voice and demanding both political power and better jobs; and the terrible disaster of World War I was looming in the wings. When war came, nothing in the life of the British manor house was ever the same again.


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http://www.pbs.org/programs/secrets-manor-house/

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Part 1 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmCbfL35Sgc&feature=youtu.be
Part 2 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fswPiKva7Tw&feature=youtu.be
Part 3 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXiuXlyjus&feature=youtu.be
Part 4 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6nF3YH4Zjk&feature=youtu.be

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 02:27:23 am »

rogue hello thankyou so much for the links, fantastic viewing.
I've only finished part one but will watch the rest tomorrow.
This is one of my favourite time era's, I even love the books written in that era!
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012, 02:33:39 am »

Shoot!
I watched it this weekend and totally forgot to comment tehe 'facepalm'
Excellent docu, very interesting and clearly explained! thumbsup
And the manorhouses shown look dreamy.

 thankyou for the link Alex!
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 02:46:29 pm »

Alex who?  tehe you must mean Rogue!

I have to watch the doc it sounds interesting.  thumbsup
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 06:43:45 pm »

Very interesting, thanks for posting.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 07:02:07 pm »

oops! I was confused by your avatars for a sec laugh Embarrassed
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 10:07:05 pm »

Thanks everybody  flower This one is quite interesting aswell .
Source: http://royalcorrespondent.com
 
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The Aristocracy series originally aired on the BBC. Each episode explores a period in the history of Britain's noble classes. Focusing on the decline of this class in the modern world, each tape offers a glimpse into a world only the privileged are intimately familiar with. In this particular episode, viewers explore a golden age for England's aristocracy. Around the turn of the century, Britain's aristocracy owned 80 percent of the land and dominated Parliament. The program features interviews with current dukes and duchesses, as well as with leading historians. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

BBC:
The Duchess of Devonshire, Sir Charles Wolseley, the Marquess of Anglesey and others describe their ancestors' lifestyles and finances.

First broadcast: 29 Jan 1997


Part1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-zIV9Qxyc&feature=youtu.be
Part2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2P_bGiGAOc&feature=youtu.be
Part3.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvHgP573NQw&feature=youtu.be
Part4.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o1DAvrKXLo&feature=youtu.be
Part5.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofRVtnbgfmA&feature=youtu.be
Part6.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOOSHTVrKMY&feature=youtu.be
Part7.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY1nNA4sYLQ&feature=youtu.be
Part8.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf-h6WLBDIE&feature=youtu.be
Part9.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lQdSxe6Emg&feature=youtu.be
Part10.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp0EYSHjTDo&feature=youtu.be
Part11.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXppSeq7ruE&feature=youtu.be
Part12.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9cD5wkjBn0&feature=youtu.be
Part13.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH-VYXMEeoI&feature=youtu.be
Part14.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STfCa9CIkfo&feature=youtu.be
Part15.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H6pvmDqwrI&feature=youtu.be
Part16.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYIlwwqZxE&feature=youtu.be

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2012, 02:48:36 am »

This looks wonderful. Thank you for posting all of these. I will watch them.  thumbsup
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012, 12:25:51 pm »

Your welcome Hi The source that i have posted has tons of documentaries on Royalty , i would check it out.
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012, 12:27:55 pm »

Thank you. I watched two segments last night, I love them.
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2012, 11:59:29 pm »

  Thank You for sharing these.

    Huge disparity between the "have's" and "have nots".

         WW1 changed the lot.

             When my grandmother was a girl they had about 30 people working in the home and garden, when I was a girl we had three working in the house and three in the garden .. same house.
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2012, 11:58:10 pm »

I guess electricity and the war changed a lot...
how many do you employ nowaday's for the house?
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2012, 01:49:08 pm »

^
My hubby can only afford one in the house and it's me tehe

Really though, today i watched the part 2 and still enjoying it.

Rogue, thankyou again. thankyou
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2012, 08:49:50 am »

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A look back at the British aristocracy and how the first World War changed the entire financial, social and political landscape of the aristocracy.

http://www.pbs.org/programs/secrets-manor-house/

Secrets of the Manor House was produced by Pioneer Productions


Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmCbfL35Sgc

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fswPiKva7Tw&feature=relmfu

Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXiuXlyjus&feature=relmfu

Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6nF3YH4Zjk&feature=relmfu
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2012, 10:19:45 pm »

I will have to watch this tonight!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2012, 08:40:32 pm »

A look back at the British aristocracy and how the first World War changed the entire financial, social and political landscape of the aristocracy

Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a life of luxury and indolence for a wealthy few supported by the labor of hundreds of servants toiling ceaselessly “below stairs” to make the lives of their lords and ladies run as smoothly as possible. It is a world that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume dramas to this day, including PBS’ Downton Abbey.

But what was really going on behind these stately walls? Secrets of the Manor House looks beyond the fiction to the truth of what life was like in these British houses of yesteryear. They were communities where two separate worlds existed side by side: the poor worked as domestic servants, while the nation’s wealthiest families enjoyed a lifestyle of luxury, and aristocrats ruled over their servants as they had done for a thousand years.

The program talks to present-day British lords and ladies and to the descendants of those who lived and worked in manor houses across the country. A series of expert historians explain the true picture of how life was lived within the walls of these stately homes that had changed very little for centuries. It explains the hierarchy of the British establishment: led by the king with a supporting cast of dukes, earls and barons, each keenly aware of his or her place. It visits modern manor houses, where aristocratic families sometimes still rule over scores of servants, in homes with 100 and more bedrooms, and where the lord still enjoys a luxurious life of hunting, shooting and fishing among the beauty of rural Britain. And it details the true hardship of life as a “downstairs” servant: maids would carry 45 gallons of hot water along hidden servants’ passageways to fill one aristocratic lady’s bath, and a housemaid’s day would start before dawn and last for 17 hours as she scrubbed floors, cleaned grates and carried coal — all for a wage of $15 a year.

But, precisely a century ago, a perfect storm of financial hardship and political and social change was threatening to engulf this traditional British way of life. Some impoverished British aristocrats married wealthy American heiresses to prop up and sustain their fading manor houses; the working classes were finding a voice and demanding both political power and better jobs; and the terrible disaster of World War I was looming in the wings. When war came, nothing in the life of the British manor house was ever the same again.
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Secrets of the Manor House was produced by Pioneer Productions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmCbfL35Sgc&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fswPiKva7Tw&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXiuXlyjus&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6nF3YH4Zjk&feature=relmfu
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