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Until Relatively Recently, household servants were much neglected by social historians and others and, if noted at all, were viewed chiefly through the eyes of their employers and moral critics. All that is now changing as part of history's fundamental democratisation as a subject. This volume highlights its subject as a field of employment that impinged on most aspects of the economic and social organisation of the time and on the ways in which they functioned.
R. C. Richardson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Winchester.
Table of Contents
|List of illustrations||p. vi|
|Note on the text||p. xii|
|Studying household servants||p. 1|
|The instabilities of representation: household servants in early modern drama||p. 21|
|Self-representations of servants||p. 38|
|Employing and serving||p. 63|
|Housing, diet, dress, welfare, recreation and education||p. 96|
|Servants, godly households and social engineering||p. 124|
|Order and disorder in the household||p. 145|
|The 'servant problem'||p. 175|
|Servants and the law||p. 194|
|Early modern servants in perspective||p. 219|
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