This a book I am reading right now of the history of ladies lives at home in the Victorian Era. I can see a lot of the research contained in Linda Lichter's "Simple Social Graces" may have come from parts of this book. This book has a lot more detail, sketches and pictures. It tells the strength of women at home to influence society at large. I hope you will purchase one of these for your homeschool library to help your children have an insight into the purpose of the home.
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