Housewife Manuals

The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine by Monica Hellen Green (Best woman writing on this subject; 11th century women’s physician of Celerno, includes a section on cosmetics)

Hildegard Von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation… by Hildegard and Pricilla Troom (Hildegard was “inspired” therefore her medicine does not match that of her contemporaries, nor serves as an example of medicine of her era)

The English Housewife… by Gervase Markham (published in 1615)

Platina’s on Right Pleasure and Good Health: A Critical Abridgement and Translation of De Honesta Voluptate Et Valetudine by Platine and Mary Ellen Milham (period cooking)

Delight for Ladies… (1627) by Platt and Violet (Illustrations from the 1609 edition; originally written in 1602; London, England)

His Good Points of Husbandry by Thomas Tusser and Hartley Dorothy (1527; English)


Manual de Mugeres en el qual se contienen muchas y diversas receutas muy buenas (Manual of Women in which is contained many and diverse very good recipes) Spain; 16th century