Wives and Daughters: Women and Children in the Georgian Country House by Joanna Martin soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London & New York: Hambledon & London, 2004, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Genealogical tables;
From the cover: Wives and Daughters is a portrait of the world of women inside the country houses that symbolised the power and taste of eighteenth-century Britain. If men dominated public life, their wives were responsible for the household, bringing up children, entertaining, employing servants, nursing and dispensing charity. They also kept closely in touch by letter with family news, comments on books, remedies and gardening tips, as well as the latest gossip. The women of the powerful Fox Strangways family, headed by the Whig Earls of Ilchester, have left an exceptional record of their lives in the great Wessex houses, including Redlynch, Melbury, Bowood and Lacock, into which the girls of the family married over several generations.
Wives and Daughters traces the lives of individual women. Courtship, marriage and childbirth, education, houses and gardens, reading, hobbies, travel and health were only some of the womens many interests and preoccupations.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XX] 454 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Social History catalogue?