Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women's Writing

Flesh and Spirit

This week’s post is a quick look at the anthology Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s Writing August saw the first anniversary of the publication of Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s Writing (Manchester University Press, 2014) co-edited by Sara, with Rachel Adcock (Keele) and Anna Ziomek. Since we didn’t have a moment to celebrate…

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Pumpkin powers

As Halloween approaches and the shops fill up with pumpkins ready for carving into laterns, I thought it would be interesting to see what our early modern forebears thought they were useful for. The second edition of A Treatise of all Sorts of Foods, both ANIMAL and VEGETABLE  attributed to Lemery described the pumpkins and…

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Dog Danger

Over the summer, as some of you will have seen from my post about aphrodisiacs in manuscript recipe books, I spent some time in the record office in Stafford. I was there primarily to read Richard Wilkes’ diary, which contains a mix of local information, interesting stories and medical observations. The diary is a wonderful…

A depiction of the female reproductive system.

Inconvenient Incontinence

Welcome everyone to the last post before the summer break. Sara and I will be back in the autumn with lots of new ideas and materials. Have a lovely time enjoying the sunny weather. In the mean time we leave you with a discussion of post-partum incontinence.   In early modern England ‘a typical woman…