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The English Housewife, 1637

Taken from The English Housewife by Gervase Markham, published in 1637.

Containing the inward and outward Vertues which ought to be in a compleate Woman. As her skill in Physick, Surgery, Cookery, Extraction of Oyles, Banquetting stuffe, Ordering of great Feasts, Preserving of all sorts of Wines, Conceited Secrets, Distilations, Perfumes, ordering of Wooll, Hempe, Flax, making Cloth, and Dying : the knowledge of Dayries, Office of Malting, of Oates, their excellent uses in a Family, of Brewing, Baking, and all other things belonging to an Household.

A Worke generally approved, and now the Fifth time much augmented, purged and made most profitable necessary for all men, and the generall good of this Kingdome.

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Title page to The English Housewife by Gervase Markham, detailing the skills demanded of the housewife. (Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.)

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