Monday, March 7, 2016

Downtown Abbey's Finale and Stories about In-Between Stairs.

Edith and Flora Nicholson of Tighsolas, on the lawn of their home in Richmond 1913. They were teachers and militant suffragette supporters.

Well, I just watched the Downton Abbey Finale which was all about 'strong women' and beautiful clothes and class divides and happy marriages with pithy statements about the changing world of the 20th century.

Kind of a mixed message, but what the 'ell. It was great!

And, Downtown Abbey's 6 year saga ends  just as I have finished Service and Disservice, the last of my Tighsolas books about the 1910 era, based on family letters and a great deal of research into the Woman Suffrage Movement in Canada.

Service and Disservice (you can buy it here) about the Canadian suffragists and their involvement in the Conscription Crisis of 1917, is a perfect complement to Not Bonne Over Here, the Nicholson Family letters from the WWI period. You can buy that book here.

And my other books based on the letters, Threshold Girl, Diary of a Confirmed Spinster and The Nicholson Family Letters, are all about the middle class in the 1910 era, in between stairs...

Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs didn't show the middle class (with few exceptions) because it was the middle class of the later 20th century that was watching.

Now that the middle class appears to be dying out, maybe my books and letters will be of interest to someone..

Of course, both shows featured the suffragettes. Furies Cross the Mersey is my true story of how the militant suffragettes invaded Montreal in 1912/13, The cliche in these shows is the youngest, rebellious daughter was the one who got involved in the window smashing.

Ontario based suffragists march in Washington Suffrage Parade 1913. There was dissension in the ranks and soon the Canadian movement would split in two, which would lead to these suffragists getting involved in the ugly  1917 Conscription Crisis.