London Domestic Servants from Depositional Evidence, 1660–1750: Servant-Employer Sexuality in the Patriarchal Household

@inproceedings{Meldrum1997LondonDS,
  title={London Domestic Servants from Depositional Evidence, 1660–1750: Servant-Employer Sexuality in the Patriarchal Household},
  author={Tim Meldrum},
  year={1997}
}
Around the year 1591, a maidservant named Alice Periar became pregnant by her master, Mr Medcalf of Great Hallingsbury in Essex. Her mistress tried to bribe her to lay the paternity on a former servant but, when Alice refused, her mistress hired a man to take her to London and she gave birth in the porch of the church of St Botolph’s Aldgate. Her mistress sent her money and came to see her, telling her to carry the child into the City and leave it at a certain door. Alice complied with these… CONTINUE READING