Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Tending the sick woodcut, p.74v, detail.

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Date:1581

Description:Women in the home in Shakespeare's time.

The role of women, though legally inferior to men, was in effect recognised of equal importance as they were expected to carry out all the responsibilities of running a home. This included organising the household servants, planning and cooking meals, overseeing the garden and its plants, of which the housewife used some for distilling family remedies. In times of illness it was the women who were first to administer care, for trained doctors were few, especially in the country. All this was usually in addition to bearing and raising several children.

Full title: Richard Day, A Booke of Christian Prayers collected out of the auncient writers and best learned in our tyme, worthy to be read with earnest mynde of all Christians in these daungerous and troublesome dayes', London, John Daye, 1581.


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