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Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century Household: The World of Alice Le Strange

Jane Whittle and Elizabeth Griffiths


Lady Alice Le Strange of Hunstanton in Norfolk kept a continuous series of household accounts from 1610 to 1654. This book uses the Le Stranges’ rich archive to imaginatively reconstruct the material aspects of family life. This involves looking not just at purchases but also at home production and gifts; and not just at the luxurious but also at the everyday consumption of food and medical care. Consumption is viewed not just as material culture, but as a process involving household management, acquisition and appropriation, a process which created and reinforced social links with craftsmen, ... More

Keywords: consumption, gender, household, gentry, food, work, material culture, textiles, household accounts, Alice Le Strange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Whittle, author
Associate Professor of History, Exeter University

Elizabeth Griffiths, author
Associate Research Fellow, Exeter University