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


McEwan, J and Sharpe, P, 'It Buys Me Freedom': genteel lodging in late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century London, Parergon, 24, (2) pp. 139-62. ISSN 0313-6221 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/pgn.2008.0009


Lodging, or else taking in lodgers, was a common way of life for many seventeenthand 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:lodging, lodger, London
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sharpe, P (Professor Pam Sharpe)
ID Code:49666
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-13
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