Le Ménagier de Paris a été imprimé aux frais et par les soins de la Société des Bibliophiles françois. Il en a été tiré vingt-quatre exemplaires sur grand papier. The Good Wife’s Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris). ‘You said that you would not fail to improve yourself according to my teaching and correction, and you would do. Le Menagier de Paris. After these matters it is desirable to tell you of various general terms relating to cookery of any quality, and then you will be shown how to.
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Le Menagier de Paris: A Parisian Bourgeoisie Household in 1400
In the closing years of the fourteenth century, an anonymous French writer dd 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 recipes.
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. Backgrounds, Narrator, Genre, Sources Contexts: The Good Wife’s Guide: Edited and translated by Gina L.
Le Menagier de Paris: A Parisian Bourgeoisie Household in –
GrecoChristine M. No man before or since has known more about running an affluent household, from keeping vermin out of linen to shopping in the market to caring for hunting hawks. The work has a peculiar tone, bossy yet tender, even elegiac.
In their introduction the translators emphasize the husband’s firm desire to subordinate his wife, but acknowledge that they found the book more appealing than they had originally expected.
Its lively language, excellent introduction, and copious notes make this guide to good living in every sense from moral instruction to recipes for delicious meals useful to students, scholars, and anyone interested in medieval culture. Rose bring to The Good Wife’s Guide well-translated and dignified prose, intelligent commentary, and up-to-date scholarship.
They have done a service to all those who teach medieval literature, women’s literature, gender studies, and late medieval culture by having gracefully and carefully prepared a text of such significance and interest.
Rose have done a wonderful job of maintaining the integrity of the original text while rendering it into colloquial English.
As a result, The Good Wife’s Guide is eminently teachable. It is a cultural artifact in its own right, one that dr a wide range of very different kinds of material, from moral exhortations to stories to practical instructions on household topics such as gardening and hawking to recipes-all brought together for a very specific purpose.
It offers great insight into how both medieval books and households were put together. Excerpts from The Good Ld Guide — “You said that you would not fail to improve yourself according to my teaching and correction, and you would do everything in your power to behave according to my wishes.
The Good Wife’s Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris)
Subtitle A Medieval Household Book. Publisher Cornell University Press. Title First Published 08 January Publication Ithaca, United States. Main content page count Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Newsletters Comment Print this page. Finke, Kenyon College Excerpts from The Good Wife’s Guide — “You said that you would not fail to improve yourself according to my teaching and correction, and you would do everything in your power to behave according to my wishes.