First published in 1998. This anthology coomprises a diverse range of historical treatises and tracts that discuss and debate gender and sexual relations in early modern England. Combining complete texts and extracts-many hitherto unavailable in modern editions-the collection focuses on prevailing conceptions of sexuality and gender in major areas and institutions of Tudor and Stuart society. A broad selection of religious sermons, moral handbooks, household manuals, midwifery and legal textbooks, ballads and chapbooks has been chosen.

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Sermons and Homilies

chapter Chapter 1|34 pages

Certain Sermons or Homilies

Appointed to Be Read in Churches
Edited ByLloyd Davis

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

A White Sheet, Or a Warning for Whoremongers

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Moral and Religious Tracts

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

An Apology for Women

chapter Chapter 4|18 pages

Of the Lawfulness of Marriage

Upon a Lawful Divorce

chapter Chapter 5|26 pages

A Treatise

Against Painting and Tincturing of Men and Women

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

The Answer of a Mother

Unto Her Seduced Son’s Letter

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

The Honor of Chastity

A Sermon

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Marriage and Household Manuals

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

The Order of Household

Described Methodically out of the Word of God, with the Contrary Abuses Found in the World

chapter Chapter 9|30 pages

A Godly Form Of Household Government

For the Ordering of Private Families

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

A Discourse

Of Marriage and Wiving

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

The Mother’s Blessing

Or, the Godly Counsel of a Gentlewoman, not Long since Deceased, Left behind for Her Children

chapter Chapter 12|30 pages

A Bride-Bush

Or, a Direction for Married Persons

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chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

The Birth of Mankind

chapter Chapter 14|16 pages

Childbirth, or the Happy Delivery

Of Women: Wherein Is Set Down the Government of Women

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Ballads and Chapbooks

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages


Edited ByLloyd Davis

chapter Chapter 16|16 pages


Edited ByLloyd Davis

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chapter Chapter 17|10 pages

A Discourse of the Damned Art

Of Witchcraft: So Far Forth as It Is Revealed in the Scriptures and Manifest by True Experience

chapter Chapter 18|18 pages

The Admirable History of the

Possession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman

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chapter Chapter 19|36 pages

The Law’s Resolutions of

Women’s Rights: Or, the Law’s Provision for Women