Reading the home: The case of the english housewife

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A print manual must be pedagogically complete, or else point readers toward practical – even psychological – ways of compensating for its incompleteness. Sandra Sherman. In 1615 soldier, writer, and horse-breeder Gervase Markham published a comprehensive estate guide that became an enduring bestseller in seventeenth-century England. First appended to a book about men’s rural sports, The English Housewife pointedly took issue with other fashionable cookery books encouraging hospitality, shopping, and leisure activities for women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRenaissance Paratexts
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780511842429
ISBN (Print)9780521117395
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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  • General Arts and Humanities


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