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English Housewives In Theory And Practice, 1500-1640, Lynn Ann Botelho Jan 1991

English Housewives In Theory And Practice, 1500-1640, Lynn Ann Botelho

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Women in early modem England were expected to marry, and then to become housewives. Despite the fact that nearly fifty percent of the population was in this position, little is known of the expectations and realities of these English housewives. This thesis examines both the expectations and actual lives of middling sort and gentry women in England between 1500 and 1640.