Late Tudor Servants

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Late Tudor Servants

Postby Dansknecht » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:11 pm

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone had any good sources for reading up on the livery and life of servants ca. 1565-1610. I've started working on a coat based on those in the Fete at Bermondsey, but I haven't found much other than some references to the colors of servants' attire.

Thanks!

-Dan



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Re: Late Tudor Servants

Postby Adam the Archer » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:27 pm

Dan

For general reading Alison Sim's Masters and Servants in Tudor England is a good start

Viscount Montague's Book of rules and orders was set down in 1595, and gives a description of offices and roles of servants

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Re: Late Tudor Servants

Postby Karen Larsdatter » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:05 am

Adam the Archer wrote:Viscount Montague's Book of rules and orders was set down in 1595, and gives a description of offices and roles of servants

See http://www.elizabethan.org/book-of-orde ... e-1595.pdf or http://books.google.com/books?id=tkYJAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA182



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Re: Late Tudor Servants

Postby Bevis Gittens » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:20 pm

I am not a member of the Tudor Group but did notice a few nice photos of what look like servat livery suits being worn at Haddon Hall event a few years ago

http://www.tudorgroup.co.uk/Galleries/Haddon_2008.html

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Re: Late Tudor Servants

Postby Bevis Gittens » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:53 am

I have not read this book, it is one of hundreds on my Amazon wish list, but it looks quite interesting and might be the kind of thing you are after?

Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England by Ann Kussmaul

Amazon Product Description:

Servants in husbandry were unmarried farm workers hired on annual contracts. The institution of service distinguished them in many ways from their chief competitors, day-labourers. Servants were employed on an annual basis; they formed part of their employers' households; they were generally young and unmarried. Service was extremely common - most rural youths in early modern England became servants to farmers, and they composed as much as half of the full-time hired labour force in agriculture. Professor Kussmaul has marshalled information from sources as diverse as marriage registers, militia lists, parish censuses, settlement examinations, account books, records of Quarter Sessions, and the autobiographies of servants and masters, in producing this book which explores this important institution and to consider its wide historiographical implications.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Servants-Husban ... CO4I226PQ3


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