HOUSEHOLD SERVANTS IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

R C RICHARDSON
272pp 2 ILLUS 2010 LIST PRICE: £17.99 (P)

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This socio-cultural history examines household service, one of the largest, multi-layered, mobile and most indispensable sectors of employment in early modern England. Drawing on a wide variety of cultural sources, including literary depiction and self-representation, the study brings into sharp focus individual life stories of Britain’s servant class. The relationships between servants and between employers and servants in the two centuries following the Reformation are explored, as well as differences between patterns of employment in London and the provinces and the juxtaposition of servant vulnerability and servant ‘power’.