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Servant
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1. Terminology

The German term Dienstbote (servant) is documented in Central Europe since roughly the 13th century. In German-speaking areas, Dienstboten were also called Ehehalten (especially in southern Germany, Bavaria, and Carinthia), Brödlinge, or more generally Gesinde (from gesinden, “make someone a servant”; Servants in husbandry, 1.). Until the 19th century, the words Dienstbote and Gesinde were used…

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Hahn, Sylvia, “Servant”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018323>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601



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