Monthly Archives: October 2015

The (Georgian) Ideal Woman

Another gem from “Side-Lights on the Georgian Period”, by George Paston (Emily Morse Symonds), published by Methuen in 1902. This time the author is explaining the ideal type of woman in the eighteenth century. I read some of this aloud … Continue reading

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The Language of 18th Century Politics

Many people today never encounter the English of the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible of 1611 or the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. This is a huge gap in their literary education. Not just because both are … Continue reading

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‘Receipts’ for pancakes and fritters 1707

Here are some more ‘receipts’ (recipes) from Katherine Windham’s ‘A Booke of Cookery & Housekeeping’[1], 1707. How many recipes today could begin with “Take 16 eggs …”! Still, at least these do not require ‘guts’ as the last did. To … Continue reading

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