The Tudor Housewife, Paperback Book
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The political and military history of the sixteenth century is well known, and much written about, but what of the thousands of women who have, for the most part, eluded the historian's pen? 'The Tudor Housewife' aims to answer this question, providing a unique and accessible introduction to the everyday life and responsibilities of women from all levels of society in the age of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

With chapters on marriage, childbirth, the upbringing of children, washing and cleaning, food and drink, the housewife as doctor, women and business, and women and religion, Alison Sim reveals how women were expected to manage businesses as well as the household accounts, take extensive personal interest in the moral welfare of their children, administer medicine to their households and act as a helpmeet to their husbands in every aspect of life.

This book unveils the powerful position of ordinary women in Tudor society and provides a captivating insight into their lives.

Alison Sim is a freelance historian specialising in Tudor Housewifery skills.

She has been featured on a number of Channel 4 history programmes, including Time Team, and has also written Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England for The History Press.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780750937740



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More enlightening History and more clever ladies taking the initiative and walking the talk despite the fact the whole way Society was strutured was against them.<br/> the ones's to be sorry for are those at the lowest rungs of Society who suffered the most poverty, landless mobile peasants (for work) and single independent or widowed women.<br/> A worthwhile book.