[AoR] Holiday Market - December 4th
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Luxury goods with pretty labels and displays! My wife will buy anything as long as it is wrapped pretty - I'm the living proof of that :p
Hi-Tech indeed. Personally, I like these snippets of extra historical details to match what you're releasing or planning. Extra work, for sure, but it's appreciated
This is something Hollywood, Netflix, etc., always seem to forget
But it's true, there were great differences in status between nobles. In general the top layers are more prominently shown some interest, as they make easy stories of grandeur.
"Given that such a sizable proportion of the population of European countries was in service, one must ask why. Where did the demand for servants originate? Where did servants come from and why did they choose (if "choose" is the appropriate word) service as an occupation?"
Servants have always been around, but since the Renaissance in the south, and the upheaval of religion and war in the north of Europa in the 15th/16th century - the general European tradinig economies took such flights forward, that new middle, upper-middle, and upper classes arose. Before then - generalizing, of course - it was paupers and nobles, there wasn't much middle. During the 17th and 18th centuries they formed a new layer in society and established themselves firmly as the vital link between the lower menial classes and the upper owning classes. This wide class stretched from independent artisans and skilled labourers to those working in the vastly developing bureaucratic systems as well as entrepreneurs/merchants. Hiring from below, making money from above. As they themselves became more affluent and were even able to retire comfortably, mimicking the upper classes, they started hiring. The big rise in 'service' as this new economic entity that became so important for daily runnings of everything stems from those days. The Industrialization shook things up a bit, making the differences harsher again between the classes, which lasted through the 19th century. Service was then often a 'way out' of poverty, in a respectable position. The 20th century with its two major wars gradually ended it all between the 1910s an 1950s, where people did no longer use service to cut out a proper career for themselves; there were new opportunities.
That's my two pennies over morning coffee :p
You'll have a tough time finding books that are that specifically general; I've never found one that met my needs. However, there's a ton of niche subjects that link in with other stuff. I usually advise to start reading books that have selections of personal documents like letters; they give you the best unmodified insight. As a historian I have a library of dry old niche stuff. However, I have always enjoyed the books of Simon Schama, he haswritten quite a few books that are known to be accessible for all.
Addition: As I was answering Tat's topic on service, I reminded myself about a book of an old Dutch professor. It is also focused on the 17th century, but Tat is most right when she states that life int he 17th and 18th centuries is in most parts quite comparable in daily life. The big changes to this would occur with the Industrialization.
It likely cannot be found anymore in regular stores, but perhaps it's a find second-hand.
A.Th. van Deursen, Mensen van klein vermogen: Het kopergeld van de Gouden Eeuw , Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 1991 ( ISBN 9035110110 ). Translated into English: Plain lives in the Golden Age. Popular culture, religion and society in seventeenth-century Holland . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Only just dry from the printing presses !
This is the official start of an array of activities, mostly [AES] and otherwise roleplay related.
In the coming weeks artisans and merchants can expect special orders; and are invited to offer their services in preparation for the celebrations. The actual celebrations (both private and public!) will not commence before the ending of Lent (of course).
For more information contact either
Abbondio Rezzonico or Renata Beaumont