The Good Wife's Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris): Le ménagier de Paris : a medieval household book

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Cornell University Press, 22.08.2012 - 384 Seiten

In the closing years of the fourteenth century, an anonymous French writer compiled a book addressed to a fifteen-year-old bride, narrated in the voice of her husband, a wealthy, aging Parisian. The book was designed to teach this young wife the moral attributes, duties, and conduct befitting a woman of her station in society, in the almost certain event of her widowhood and subsequent remarriage. The work also provides a rich assembly of practical materials for the wife's use and for her household, including treatises on gardening and shopping, tips on choosing servants, directions on the medical care of horses and the training of hawks, plus menus for elaborate feasts, and more than 380 recipes.

The Good Wife's Guide is the first complete modern English translation of this important medieval text also known as Le Ménagier de Paris (the Parisian household book), a work long recognized for its unique insights into the domestic life of the bourgeoisie during the later Middle Ages. The Good Wife's Guide, expertly rendered into modern English by Gina L. Greco and Christine M. Rose, is accompanied by an informative critical introduction setting the work in its proper medieval context as a conduct manual. This edition presents the book in its entirety, as it must have existed for its earliest readers.

The Guide is now a treasure for the classroom, appealing to anyone studying medieval literature or history or considering the complex lives of medieval women. It illuminates the milieu and composition process of medieval authors and will in turn fascinate cooking or horticulture enthusiasts. The work illustrates how a (perhaps fictional) Parisian householder of the late fourteenth century might well have trained his wife so that her behavior could reflect honorably on him and enhance his reputation.

 

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Inhalt

Introduction Maid to Order The Good Wife of Paris
1
Translation Protocols
44
The Good Wifes Guide The English Text of Le Ménagier de Paris
47
Prologue
49
Introductory Note to Articles 11 13
53
Prayers and Orderly Dress 11
55
Behavior and Attire in Public 12
59
The Mass Confession the Vices and Virtues 13
60
Providing Your Husband with Good Counselincluding the Story of Melibee 19
149
Introductory Note to Article 21
177
Le Chemin de povreté et de richesse 21
181
Horticulture 22
209
Choosing and Caring for Servants and Horses 23
215
Introductory Note to Article 32
229
Hawking Treatise 32
233
Menus 24
253

On Chastity 14
86
Devotion to Your Husband 15
94
Obedience including the Story of Griselda 16
104
The Care of the Husbands Person 17
138
The Husbands Secrets 18
142
Introductory Note to Article 19
147
Recipes 25
271
Glossary of Culinary Terms
341
Bibliography
347
Index
355
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Über den Autor (2012)

GrecoGina L.:

Gina L. Greco is Associate Professor of French at Portland State University. Christine M. Rose is Professor of English at Portland State University.RoseChristine M.:

Gina L. Greco is Associate Professor of French at Portland State University. Christine M. Rose is Professor of English at Portland State University.

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