Besoms, Battledores, Bedsteads and Bum Rolls: the role of women in the 17th Century

Date: 12 May 2021
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
A live online lecture
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Price: Standard fee: £12.00, Friends of MH fee: £9.00

Janet Few “The History Interpreter” is an academic historian, writer, speaker and researcher. We are delighted that she has squeezed us into her busy schedule with a series of three fascinating live online illustrated presentations.

This is the first of Janet’s three presentations and is on Wednesday 12th May at 7:30pm for approximately one hour, including Q&A:

Besoms, Battledores, Bedsteads and Bum Rolls: the role of women in the seventeenth century.
Our Stuart female ancestors may be people we can identify, or they may be lurking, nameless, waiting to be discovered. In either case they existed, therefore we owe it to them to find out more about their way of life. This session provides an all-important context for these women; women whose detailed biographies probably elude us. Delivered by Mistress Agnes in period costume, this presentation describes cooking, cleaning, the making and laundering of clothes, maintaining the garden and the many other tasks of the Stuart housewife. At this time a woman’s work truly was never done.

The other presentations in the series are:

Wednesday 14th July: Ducking Stools, Dissenters, Debtors and Drunks: crime and punishment in the seventeenth century. Tickets and further details available here.

Wednesday 8th September: The Burning Time: witchcraft in the seventeenth century. Tickets and further details available here.

Tickets £12  (£9 for Friends of The Merchant's House)
All profits in aid of The Merchant's House (Marlborough) Trust. Charity No: 1010902

About the presenter

As The History Interpreter, Janet brings history alive in a variety of ways. She is passionate about encouraging young people to become interested in the past, especially through living history or family history. Many of her ideas are shared in her booklet “Harnessing the Facebook Generation:  ideas for involving young people in family history and heritage”.

Janet spends part of her time as her alter ego, Mistress Agnes, living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, managing the Swords and Spindles team of historical interpreters. Her social history book “Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors”, emerged out of this experience. 

Janet has also written two historical novels, “Barefoot on the Cobbles” and “Sins as Red as Scarlet”.

This is a live online event. You will need to access a password-protected Zoom Meeting online. After purchasing your ticket you will be sent an email with full details of exactly what you need to do. (You will receive an automatic confirmation email immediately after purchasing your ticket. The additional details will be sent to you during working hours as this has to be done manually).

Tickets will be available until 6:00pm on the day of each lecture.