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The Resource Servants in Rural Europe : 1400-1900, edited by Jane Whittle

Servants in Rural Europe : 1400-1900, edited by Jane Whittle

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Servants in Rural Europe : 1400-1900
Title
Servants in Rural Europe
Title remainder
1400-1900
Statement of responsibility
edited by Jane Whittle
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first book to survey the experience of servants in rural Europe from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. Live-in servants were a distinctive element of early modern society. They were typically young adults aged between 16 and 24 who lived and worked in other people's households before marriage. Servants tended to be employed for long periods, several months to years at a time, and were paid with food and lodging as well as cash wages. Both women and men worked as servants in large numbers. Unlike domestic servants in towns and wealthy households, rural servants typically worked on farms and were an important element of the agricultural workforce. Historians have viewed service as a distinct life-cycle stage between childhood and marriage. It brought both freedom and servility for young people. It allowed them to leave home and earn a living before marriage, whilst learning a range of agricultural and craft skills which reduced their dependence on their parents and increased their choice in marriage partners. Still, servants had limited rights: they were under the authority of their employer, with a similar legal status to children. In many countries the employment of servants was tightly controlled by law. Servants could demand their wages, and leave when the contract ended, but had to work long hours and had little say in their work tasks during employment. While some servants effectively became family members, trusted and cared for, others were abused physically and sexually by their employers."--
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Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Whittle, Jane
  • Economic History Society
Series statement
People, markets, goods : economies and societies in history
Series volume
11
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Household employees
Label
Servants in Rural Europe : 1400-1900, edited by Jane Whittle
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"Paperback original."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989966004
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9781783272396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)989966004
Label
Servants in Rural Europe : 1400-1900, edited by Jane Whittle
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Paperback original."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989966004
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9781783272396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)989966004

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