Domestic Service and Gender, 1660-1750: Life and Work in the London Household

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2014 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 232 pages
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In this exciting new study Tim Meldrum explores the "real lives" of domestic servants. From close examination of court records and other documentary evidence, he has reconstructed the lives of ordinary domestic servants in London. A revealing account of life below the stairs, the gendered nature of domestic service, how different members of the household interacted with one another, it makes a valuable contribution to the "separate spheres" debate.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
the London context
12
3 Service mastery and authority
34
4 Household relations
68
5 Domestic service as work
128
6 Wages and remuneration
183
7 Conclusion
207
Appendix I Bibliographical essay
210
Index
218
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