Single Life and the City 1200–1900 by Isabelle Devos, Julie De Groot, Ariadne Schmidt

By Isabelle Devos, Julie De Groot, Ariadne Schmidt

Via taking up a long term point of view, a wide geographical scope and relocating past the homogeneous remedy of unmarried humans, this e-book fleshes out the particularities of city singles and allows a greater knowing of the attitudes and values underlying this way of life within the eu prior.

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Indeed, their inventories actually reveal a complex and refined domestic situation. Moreover, the example of Johannes Ebbers, who was a gravedigger and thus not an affluent labourer, shows that a lack of means did not deprive singles from developing some sense of domesticity. Ebbers had companionship in the form of a caged canary, and the number of pewter dishes and porcelain cups he owned, together with his cooking paraphernalia, sufficed to convivially receive guests. For an introduction to these probate inventories, see Bruno Blondé and Ilja Van Damme, “Retail Growth and Consumer Changes in a Declining Urban Economy, Antwerp (1650–1750)”, The Economic History Review, 63:3 (2010), 638–63.

Ebbers had companionship in the form of a caged canary, and the number of pewter dishes and porcelain cups he owned, together with his cooking paraphernalia, sufficed to convivially receive guests. For an introduction to these probate inventories, see Bruno Blondé and Ilja Van Damme, “Retail Growth and Consumer Changes in a Declining Urban Economy, Antwerp (1650–1750)”, The Economic History Review, 63:3 (2010), 638–63. 56. Kowaleski, “Singlewomen”; Bennett and Froide, Singlewomen; Devos and Kennedy, Marriage and Rural Economy.

Dykstra, “Loneliness among the Never and Formerly Married: The Importance of Supportive Friendships and a Desire for Independence”, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 50:5 (1995), 321–29. 52. Amanda Vickery, Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2009), 42–89. 53. Although Daniel Roche must be credited with having paid a great deal of attention to domestic servants in his ground-breaking account of the changes in material culture among the eighteenth-century residents of Paris: Daniel Roche, Le peuple de Paris.

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