Wife beating in Victorian England …The ‘Rule of Thumb’ …

Ever wondered where the term, ‘Rule of thumb’ came from? It derived from old British legal traditions which considered a husband the ruler of his wife. Once married a husband could be held legally liable for his wife’s conduct in early modern times and as such, it was a widely held belief a husband could […]

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Mrs Beeton’s classic recipes- sponge cake, coffee eclairs and more…..

With 2 million copies of Household Management selling in the six years between 1862 and 1868, it would seem Mrs Beeton knew a thing or two about cooking, even if she did copy most of her recipes from the successful cooks of her day! These classic recipes are never out of date, although adapted for your enjoyment today. Entrée […]

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‘Mrs Beeton’ – the 19th century ‘Domestic Goddess’.

Did you know the 19th century ‘Mrs Beeton’ is largely regarded as the first ‘domestic goddess’- a title the delightful Nigella Lawson embodies today. ‘Mrs Beeton’, as she preferred to be called, (her matronly manor only served to endorse her relentless instruction) success was largely attributable to the fact her husband was a publisher, and she actually copied most recipes from […]

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What did it mean to be a women in Europe from Medieval to Early Modern times?

When the historian Catherine Macaulay stated in her History of England, ‘the invidious censures which may ensue from striking into a path of literature rarely trodden by my sex……will not keep me mute in the cause of liberty.’ she was expressing her resentment well-educated, independent thinking women of Europe felt toward the perceived inferiority of their sex. Matters […]

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The 16th century Reformation & the elevation of women

The Catholic Church’s long held beliefs were rocked by the many changes of the 16th Century Reformation. Puritans in the 17th Century sought continued reform and idealized the church be rebuilt in the purest form of the 1st century, as established by Christ himself. Puritan theology endorsed an intense individual spiritual connection to God, without the […]

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