Household Servants in Early Modern England

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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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.

Author Biography

R. C.  Richardson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Winchester.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Note on the textp. xii
Studying household servantsp. 1
The instabilities of representation: household servants in early modern dramap. 21
Self-representations of servantsp. 38
Employing and servingp. 63
Housing, diet, dress, welfare, recreation and educationp. 96
Servants, godly households and social engineeringp. 124
Order and disorder in the householdp. 145
The 'servant problem'p. 175
Servants and the lawp. 194
Early modern servants in perspectivep. 219
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 250
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