Everyday life in Polish palaces and mansions

Bookstores are offering so many books nowadays and sometimes it is too difficult to find Your Book. But not today! I found so interesting book for myself and want to share first comments about its content with you 🙂

It is the book with original title “W salonie i w kuchni. Opowieść o kulturze materialnej pałaców i dworów polskich w XIX w.” written by Elżbieta Kowecka. Will try to translate the title, but want to apologize in advance the author of the book if my translation will not be correct. The title is “In the salon and kitchen. The story about material culture of Polish palaces and mansions in XIX c.” and you can guess what is this book about. I think it is so curious to know what ladies and gentlemen were eating, how were they spending their free time, what were they wearing, what kind of things and what for were using more than 200 year ago?! The answers to all these and even more questions you can find in this book.

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Did you know that:

“During the first quarter of XIX c. the Christmas tree started being set for Christmas in the salons of Polish palaces and mansions. This habit came to Poland from Germany and soon became a part of tradition” (p. 107).

“Elegant ladies often were starting their day from the cup of chocolate with cinnamon or vanilla, while men – from glass of vodka” (p. 177).

“Household were wearing ceremonial clothes for the dinner – even if there were no guests” (p. 179).

“Accounting belonged to basic duties of wife and mother” (p. 240).

More interesting and useful facts you will find in the book of Elżbieta Kowecka.

Enjoy reading! Highly recommend!


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