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Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Bridget Hill


The importance of domestic service in the 18th century has long been recognized by historians but apart from a number of recent controversial articles, this is the first detailed study of the subject since J. Jean Hecht's book of 1956. Its chapter question the stereotype of the domestic servant — usually male and most often in large households employing many servants where a strict hierarchy prevailed — that has dominated all discussion hitherto. Using 18th-century diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as the press and literature of the period, the book examines the lives of the majority of d ... More

Keywords: domestic service, 18th century, large households, hierarchy, diaries, journals, memoirs, press, pauper apprentices, sexual harassment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bridget Hill, author
St Hilda's College, Oxford