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The experience of domestic service for women in early modern London [electronic resource] /
edited by Paula Humfrey.
imprint
Farnham ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2011.
description
218 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0754661555 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780754661559 (hardback : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Farnham ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2011.
isbn
0754661555 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780754661559 (hardback : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
London Court of Arches records, 1667-1675 -- Two: London Court of Arches records, 1690-1706 -- London Court of Arches records, 1715-1735 -- St. Margaret Westminster settlement examinations, 1718-1725 -- St. Margaret Westminster settlement examinations, 1726-1735.
catalogue key
13391885
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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Paid domestic work has traditionally been regarded by historians as a pre-marital phase of women's lives; but in fact, the depositions in this volume show that while some women left service once they married, others relied on domestic positions as an avenue to generating income throughout their adult lives.
Long Description
The late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts presented here describe female servants' experiences of work in early modern London. Paid domestic work has traditionally been regarded by historians as a pre-marital phase of women's lives; but in fact, the depositions in this volume show that while some women left service once they married, others relied on domestic positions as an avenue to generating income throughout their adult lives. Also exposed here are the contractual underpinnings of domestic service for women of the time; the mobility that domestic servants enjoyed; and the concern that this mobility generated in the authorities.
Main Description
These late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts describe female servants' experiences of work in early modern London. This volume exposes the contractual underpinnings of domestic service, suggesting female servants were an important support of emergent capitalism in the early modern metropolis. The depositions in this volume show that service was a prototypical form of female wage labour rather than a pre-marital life phase. Voices of the non-literate in this volume are clear and distinct as they present their working and personal circumstances.

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