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'It Buys Me Freedom': genteel lodging in late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century London

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Sharpe, P (2007) 'It Buys Me Freedom': genteel lodging in late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century London. Parergon, 24 (2). pp. 139-161. ISSN 0313-6221

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Abstract

Lodging, or else taking in lodgers, was a common way of life for many seventeenth and
eighteenth-century Londoners, both rich and poor. While demographic
historians have been attempting to gauge the extent of lodging in the metropolis
for some time, the circumstance and experience of both lodgers and those who took
them in has been subject to little detailed examination. Evidence drawn from sources
such as diaries, newspaper advertisements, and court cases can give some specificity
to our understanding of lodging arrangements. Concentrating on the middling orders
and above, such sources highlight the importance of reputation and social credit
for both those seeking lodgings and those offering rooms. It is apparent that for
those who were not forced into lodging negotiations by financial necessity, other
considerations linked with choice, such as networking and sociability, influenced
decisions about when, where, and indeed whether to lodge.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Parergon
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Page Range: pp. 139-161
ISSN: 0313-6221
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:31
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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