The English House-Wife

This handbook for housewives provides a fascinating insight into the domestic world of women, containing ‘all the virtuous knowledges and actions…which ought to be in any complete housewife’. From butter churning to birthing-pain ‘cures’, sausage pudding recipes to syphilis treatments, Markham advises on every conceivable challenge in the 17th century home.

Gervase Markham, 1683. Layton Collection 10438


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