Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 12, 1981 - History - 233 pages
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Servants in husbandry were unmarried farm workers hired on annual contracts. The institution of service distinguished them in many ways from their chief competitors, day-labourers. Servants were employed on an annual basis; they formed part of their employers' households; they were generally young and unmarried. Service was extremely common - most rural youths in early modern England became servants to farmers, and they composed as much as half of the full-time hired labour force in agriculture. Professor Kussmaul has marshalled information from sources as diverse as marriage registers, militia lists, parish censuses, settlement examinations, account books, records of Quarter Sessions, and the autobiographies of servants and masters, in producing this book which explores this important institution and to consider its wide historiographical implications.
 

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Contents

the problems
3
Incidence and understanding
11
Life and work
31
Hiring and mobility
49
Entry into and exit from service
70
Change
79
15401790
97
Extinction
120
Servants and labourers in early
135
Age and sex
143
Statute Sessions and hiring fairs
150
The Holland Lincolnshire Statute Sessions
164
The 1831 census
170
Bibliography
205
Index
230
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