Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England

Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England

by Ann Kussmaul
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521071598
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/14/2008
Series:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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