'To bridle the falsehood of unconscionable workmen, and for her own satisfaction': what the Jacobean housewife needed to know about men's work, and why

Roberts, Michael
March 1998
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring98, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p4
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the interest of housewives in the work of men in Great Britain. The article suggests that accounts present an unnecessarily pessimistic reading of the literature of advice, both in the sense of its possibilities for women, and of its wider significance for social historians of the period. The Protestant Reformation intensified the redefinition of this relationship around ideas of household order, but older ideas about what work was, and how it should be done and by whom, continued to shape the representation of work in the new print media. The juxtaposition, collision or fusion of these approaches to the representation of work during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries may have relatively little effect on the daily lives of working people, but such effects as were felt cannot have been uniform and consistent.


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