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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Kin as Servants

Kin as Servants

(p.115) 6 Kin as Servants

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the employment of kin as domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It investigates what groups of women became kin-servants and the nature of their tasks and status within the household. It also analyses how they were treated by the head of the household and other members of the family. The analyses reveals that the treatment often meted out to kin who had fallen on hard times is one of the least endearing aspects of contemporary society.

Keywords:   kin-servants, England, domestic servants, treatment of servants, domestic service

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