The variety of women's experiences as servants in England (1548–1649): evidence from church court depositions

Charmian Mansell
2018 Continuity and Change  
AbstractThis article demonstrates, using evidence from church court depositions, that women's experience of service in early modern England was more varied than scholarship suggests. Moving beyond its conception as a life-cycle annual occupation, the article situates service within individual life-stories. It argues firstly, that service extended across the whole of women's working lives and secondly, that employment arrangements took a wide range of forms. Service for women is shown to have
more » ... n flexible, varied and contingent, employing a diversity of individuals under a variety of different employment agreements.
doi:10.1017/s0268416018000267 fatcat:rpa6zlyukvguvdsgwo44snqwye