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on 12 February 2018
Just what I needed for my research
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on 23 August 2016
Worth the long wait for delivery
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on 2 December 2015
As described and quick delivery.
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on 27 March 2017
purchased as a gift... which went down well.
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on 21 August 2014
Very enlightening
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on 13 August 2008
This astonishing book lays out in detail the duties expected of a 17th century housewife. The first chapter deals with the housewife's duty to be the family doctor and chemist, with detailed recipes for cures for all manner of complaints from toothache to consumption. A restorative for the liver for instance is given as:

"Take fennel roots, and parsley roots, of each a like, wash them clean, and peel off the upper bark and cast away the pith within, then mince them small, then put them to three pints of water, and set them over the fire, then take figs, and shred them small, liquorice and break it small, and put them to the herbs, an dlet all boil very well, then take sorrel and stamp it and put it to the rest, and let it boil till some part be wasted, then take a good quantity of honey and put to it and boil a while, then take it from the fire and clarify it through a strainer into a glass vessel and stop it very close, then give the sick to drink thereof morning and evening." Modern chemists have it easy.

There are detailed chapters on cooking, brewing and baking, distilling perfumes, making beer, making sweet wines, and spinning, dyeing and weaving.

Reading this book will leave you filled with admiration for the multitude of skills expected of the housewives of past times, and relief that such exacting tasks are not required of us today.
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on 26 July 1999
As an historical reenactor I find this book to be very useful. It has lots of interesting recipes and other useful information. The best part is that this was written in the period, so you get a much better perspective than a book of redactions.
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