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Servants and Slaves

  • Anna Bellavitis
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Abstract

Serving others, taking care of their daily needs and living with one’s employers are features that make domestic service a unique occupation, in some respects ‘suitable’ for women, in others, however, particularly risky for them. In early modern Europe, and especially around the Mediterranean, domestic slaves continued to exist, and to be bought, sold and given away as gifts. The evolution of domestic service followed specific patterns, in European cities, depending on migratory flows, inheritance practices and education models, that are presented in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

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