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Gender, Domestic Service and Great Households in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

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Title: Gender, Domestic Service and Great Households in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
Author: Thomson, Brin
Department: Department of History
Program: History
Advisor: Ferreira, SusannahEwan, Elizabeth
Abstract: This thesis examines servants who were employed to work in aristocratic households from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries in England. It explores changes made to both royal and noble households as the result of cultural, political and economic forces that altered domestic operations and servants’ responsibilities. The thesis examines a shift from predominantly male to female groups of servants hired by noble and gentle families that occurred over the course of the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries. Over time, as the wealth and political power held by the English elite destabilized, these occupations became less prestigious as household departments became more private and hired fewer servants. By the seventeenth century, women were hired to occupy positions that were abandoned by men. The thesis demonstrates that this change from predominantly male to female bodies of servants was largely the result of a loss of privileges that were reserved for male servants.
Date: 2018-04
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