The English Housewife
In 1615 Englishman Gervase Markham published a handbook for housewives that contains "all the virtuous knowledge and actions both of the mind and body, which ought to be in any complete housewife." Markham instructs and advises on everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath. Woodcut illustrations add a richness to this look at life during the Renaissance. No other source from this period provides the same wealth of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader.
Gervase Markham, 1986, Paperback, 321 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-7735-1103-3.