The Weaker Vessel: woman’s lot in seventeenth century England – Antonia Fraser

In some ways, this book is bitty – it looks at different aspects of female life such as childbirth, marriage, education, being accused of witchcraft (all in a day’s work), and uses real examples taken from records and letters. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep a track of who’s who, and who’s related to who – but then that’s not really the aim of the book. It’s a thorough work, and gives a good perspective of the challenges facing women in the seventeenth century (even though I’m definitely not a ‘feminist’). I really enjoyed it, it was informative and entertaining.

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