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Mercer, Ramona T.

a nursing theorist who developed the Maternal Role Attainment model presented in her book First-Time Motherhood: Experiences from Teens to Forties (1986). Maternal role attainment is an interactional and developmental process. It occurs over a period during which the mother becomes attached to her infant, acquires competence in the care-giving tasks, and expresses pleasure and gratification in her role. The focus of Mercer's work went beyond the concept of the "traditional" mother to encompass a variety of mothering roles, maternal age, health status, family functioning, mother-father relationship, and infant characteristics. Mercer considers a mate's love, support, and nurturance to be important factors in enabling a woman to mother her child.
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Letter-Book B, 88; Letter-Book C, 77-78; Sutton, Mercery of London, 81.
Standing on the corner of Mercery Lane and the High Street, it belongs to the secular, bourgeois world of trade, yet it was built by the Cathedral chapter's Prior Chillenden in the 1390s as one of the chapter's many city investments: the prior and chapter received rents from the ground-floor shops as well as income from the pilgrims lodging there (Dobson 1995, 139-40).
Sutton, historian emerita to the Mercers' Company of London, begins by reminding readers that mercery was silk, linen, piece-goods of many kinds with an emphasis on dress accessories, small luxuries, and bedding; a mercer was one who dealt in mercery.
Hicks was a wealthy mercer, and through the influence of his brother, Sir Michael Hicks, who was secretary to Lord Burleigh, supplied the court with silks and mercery.