Imogene Dudley

Department: History
Discipline: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies

Project Summary

 'Women's waged work in the south-west of England, 1500-1700'

A Leverhulme funded studentship connected to the project 'Women's work in Early Modern England', run by Professor Jane Whittle and Dr. Mark Hailwood.

This thesis uses household account books from across the south-west of England (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire) to study the work that women were paid to do in the early modern period. Through in-depth studies of the most detailed account books, it will be explored which tasks women were more likely to perform, how much they were paid and how demographic factors such as age, marital status and motherhood affected their employment, in addition to how this information relates to the wealth, economy and social class of the particular household. The results will then be analysed and compared to the male experiences of employment and wages in the same household and estates. Other points of comparison will be account books already published, wage series and wage assessments from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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Supervisory Team

Primary supervisor: Professor Jane Whittle

Secondary supervisor: Dr. Freyja Cox Jensen

Wider Research Interests

Fifteenth-century England

The Wars of the Roses

Royal and noblewomen