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The English housewife

Author: Gervase Markham; Michael R Best
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In 1615 Englishman Gervase Markham published a handbook for housewives that contains "all the virtuous knowledges and actions both of the mind and body, which ought to be in any complete housewife." Markham instructs and advises on everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. Woodcut illustrations add a richness to this look at life during the Renaissance.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gervase Markham; Michael R Best
ISBN: 0773511032 9780773511033 0773505822 9780773505827
OCLC Number: 32392327
Notes: Includes index.
"Containing the inward and outward virtues which ought to be in a complete woman; as her skill in physic, cookery, banqueting-stuff, distillation, perfumes, wool, hemp, flax, dairies, brewing, baking, and all other things belonging to a household"
Description: lviii, 321 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Of the inward virtues which ought to be in every housewife - and first of her general knowledges both in physic and surgery, with plain approved medicines for health of the household, also the extraction of excellent oils fit for those purposes; of the outward and active knowledge of the housewife - and first of her skill in cookery, as sallats of all sorts, with flesh, fish, sauces, pastry, banqueting stuff, and ordering of great feasts; of distillations and their virtues, and of perfuming; the ordering, preserving, and helping of all sorts of wines, and first of the choice of sweet wines; of wool, hemp, flax, and cloth, and dyeing of colours, of each several substance, with all the knowledges belonging thereto; of dairies, butter, cheese, and the necessary things belonging to that office; the office of the maltster, and the several secrets and knowledges belonging to the making of malt; of the excellency of oats, and the many singular virtues and uses of them in a family; of the office of the brew-house, and the bake-house, and the necessary things belonging to the same.
Responsibility: Gervase Markham ; edited by Michael R. Best.

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"[The English Housewife] comes as close to a reconstruction of early modern English home life as scholars are likely to attain .... A splendid addition to the knowledge of early-17th-century life and Read more...

 
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