The Weaker Vessel

The Weaker Vessel

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The renowned historian and biographer Lady Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette, investigates the lot of women in seventeenth-century England. Drawing on period diaries, letters, and other papers, Fraser sketches portraits of a variety of women, both highborn and humble, during the tumultuous century between the death of Elizabeth and Queen Anne’s assumption of the throne.  More than a collection of female biographies, The Weaker Vessel offers fresh insight into its subjects’ attitudes and lives, with appearances by heiresses and dairy maids, holy women and prostitutes, criminals and educators, widows and witches, midwives and mothers, heroines, courtesans, prophetesses, businesswomen, ladies of the court, and that new breed, the actress.

"An almost encyclopedic chronicle of women in 17th century England...wives, warriors, heiresses, preachers... alive with anecdote after anecdote." – The New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Draws on letters, journals, memoirs, and other contemporary accounts to reveal the lives of women, of all stations, in seventeenth-century England

Publisher: New York :, Knopf
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 9780804153416
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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MsMicawber Mar 12, 2012

Really interesting read. At 678 pages it's a bit of a slog at times but it's full of fascinating information about the day-to-day lives of women in the 17th century.


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