Power, Eileen: The Goodman of Paris.

Power(ed.), Eileen - The Goodman of Paris: A Treatise on Moral and Domestic Economy by A Citizen of Paris c1393. Folio Society, 1993, second impression. Translated, introduced and annotated by Eileen Power. TOWARDS the end of the fourteenth century, an elderly and wealthy Parisian married a young orphan girl of fiffeen. Soon affer the wedding, she begged him not to correct her inexperience in public, but to wait until they were alone together. Full of sympathy for the 'wedded child', he wrote her instead 'an easy general introduction' to the art of being a perfect lady and housewife. The result is one of the most delightful books to have survived from this period. The Goodman of Paris divided his manual into two main sections. The first deals with the religious and moral duties of a wife - 'the salvafion of vour soul and the comfort of your husband' - including a series of beautiful prayers for all occasions, and a thorough dissection of the seven deadly sins, illustrated with charming vignettes drawn from daily life. The second is an astonishingly extensive treatise on practical household management, from the cultivation of pumpkins - 'in April water them courteously and transplant them' - to the extermination of fleas. There are also recipes for all occasions, such as 'eels reversed', 'frizzled beans' and 'frumenty of porpoise', to complete this unique picture of medieval married life. (Folio Society). 10" x 6¾", 252pp plus 10 plates, green cloth, colour inlay on front board, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Index. Illustrated with full-colour French medieval miniatures. Slightly sunned spine (green is amongst the worst cloth colours for fading, even in dark rooms); fine, complete with slip-case that has a couple of slight marks.


To get the price of the book and shipping cost please select your delivery region from the list below.

I permit the storage of my name and address in a local (offline) database. This data will be passed to a third-party courier for the sole purpose of enabling delivery and its use is strictly limited to order processing only; this data will never be shared with any other third-party.
Privacy We don't use cookies; We don't use sessions; We don't track you.
We don't store any of your personal information online.
Contact Us 10 Silvey Avenue, Southwell, NG25 0BU, UK.
+44 (0)1636 814782

© Copyright Paul Whyles 2018 All Rights Reserved.