This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about domestic servants in England during the 18th century. This book aims to establish that domestic service was an important occupation and that it was never a monolithic phenomenon unchanging over time. It discusses the different roles of male and female servants, their moral economy, and the sexuality and sexual vulnerability of female servants. It also examines the conditions of kin and paupers who served as servants and literate and literary servants.
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