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The Life of a Servant in Elizabethan England

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Erin Waller

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The Life of a Servant in Elizabethan England
Erin Waller
Johnnie Joseph
Ethan Derzaph
Elizabeth Chavez
Most servants during this time were men
While the few female servants were called maids or serving maids.
Male servants were called grooms.
During the time of Elizabeth I, most servants were men.
A servant's credit is very important to them.
Urban and rural families both had servants.
Being a great servant meant to be attentive. This meant they must pay attention and follow direction precisely.
Servants to masters= children to parents
When being a servant you were paid, and you lived with the family; you were subject to the family's authority.
Hired on annual (yearly) contracts.
Servants received: payment, clothing, and food.
Depending on the amount of space in the family's home, there is either a higher need for work or a lower.
The future of a servant might be different from another's.
A servant who is clever, might want a brighter future for them or their families. They want to move up in the world and make a difference.
There are also servants that have lower expectations. They might want to move ahead in a family's home.
ex. To go from being a potboy to the chief cook.
Both the servants and masters strive to give each other credit.
The way the servant was dressed explained the dignity the master had for their worker.
Urban:all territory, population, and housing units located in places with a population of 2,500 or more.
Rural: any territory that is not urban.
A larger home might require more servants to do a task.
A smaller home might require less servants.
There was no shame in being a servant; it was one way to prepare for marriage
Servants earn approximately 2 to 5 British pounds.
The rule was: the youngest servant in the household was paid the least.
Many servants were well- respected by their masters creating a bond between them.
Thank you for listening to our presentation!
Works Cited Page:
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"Definition: Urban and Rural." Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://cber.cba.ua.edu/asdc/urban_rural.html>.

"Masters & Servants." Life in Elizabethan England 14: Masters and Servants. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://elizabethan.org/compendium/14.html>.

"Elizabethan Era Servants Grooms Maids." Elizabethan Era England Life,Facts for Kids,Times,Women,Costumes,Education,Theatre,Children. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://www.elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-era-servants-grooms-maids.html>.

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Credit= reputation
The credit you had= "one's personal dignity or honor."
Frances Countess of Sussey (1588) once said, "My credit is more to me than my life."
Any questions?
We will now be having a Jeopardy game before the graded quiz.
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