The English Housewife

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Michael R. Best
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 321 pages
4 Reviews
Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table." He instructs the housewife on brewing beer and caring for wine, growing flax and hemp for thread, and spinning and dyeing. As a housewife was also responsible for the health and "soundness of body" of her family, he includes advice on the prevention of everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. No other source from this period provides the same richness of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader.
  

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He used alot of sources that were not orginally his and he actually admits he does a good job of taking information and condensing it and putting it all together, after reading the intro I wonder how ... Read full review

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This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to understand daily life for women in the 17th century. This book is filled with useful information on cookery, laundry, cosmetics, clothing, etc ... Read full review

Contents

VI
5
VII
60
VIII
125
IX
137
X
146
XI
166
XII
180
XIII
199
XIV
204
XV
213
XVI
217
XVII
225
XVIII
290
XIX
297
XX
313
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About the author (1994)

Michael R. Best is Professor of English, University of Victoria.

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