A GOLDEN AGE?


Edwardian Britain is seen to be a golden age by most people, but was it?





Many people think that the Edwardians were living in a golden age because the upper-class people were obviously very happy with their luxury life styles, which they thought would never end.


They could afford servants to work in the gardens, to clean the house and do the cooking.


For them (the Edwardians in the ruling class) running the house was an every day job, only to be done by housewives with not much money.


Little did they think that their servants, one day, would be able to work elsewhere.


The champagne life style affected the poor, working class.


The rich had horse drawn carriages with footmen and grandeur, whilst the poor could barely afford clothes for themselves or their children.


To have a decent coal fire in an upper class persons house, there needed to be someone supplying the coal - coal miners getting paid little, catching fatal illnesses down in the mines.


And they were not able to bring home - if any -enough money for their families.


The rich could afford doctors and expensive cures whilst the poor were left to suffer.


The ruling classes went to horseraces often, had tea parties every afternoon and could afford to buy fine wines.


Most middle class people were earning enough to have what they viewed as every day essentials.


What a golden age actually is:


You can not see to everyone’s needs, so for it to have been a golden age for everyone would have been impossible.


There were more people living in poverty than there were upper class and middle class.


Saying that it was a golden age meant that most people were happier than they were before.