In this exciting new study Tim Meldrum explores the "real lives" of domestic servants. From close examination of court records and other documentary evidence, he has reconstructed the lives of ordinary domestic servants in London. A revealing account of life below the stairs, the gendered nature of domestic service, how different members of the household interacted with one another, it makes a valuable contribution to the "separate spheres" debate.
'This is a well-written book that deserves to reach an audience outside its specialism. Those studying households and families will need to read it and those studying the socail history of this period will benefit from it.'
Continuity and Change Vol 17/2 - 2002, Leonard Schwarz, Department of Economic History