Her Price is Above Pearls: Family and Farming Records of Alice Le Strange, 1617-1656

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Her price is above pearls : family and farming records of Alice Le Strange, 1617-1656, edited by Elizabeth Griffiths.

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Alice, the wife of Sir Hamon Le Strange of Hunstanton is fast emerging from the documents as a seventeenth century phenomenon. In her debut, Consumption & Gender in the Early Seventeenth Century Household, she appeared as the consummate housewife and manager of domestic affairs, leading her grateful husband to note ‘her price is above pearls’.

In this volume attention turns to Alice’s role as a farmer, estate manager and guardian of the family finances. In many ways, her performance in this field was even more remarkable. To illustrate the range of her abilities and the scale of her achievement, a selection has been made from her vast archive; this includes her sheep accounts, the early records she kept for her own estate at Sedgeford and her summary of the family finances.

These documents explain why she came to play such an influential role in the management of her husband’s affairs and why her legacy lives on at Hunstanton.

The volume Includes folded map entitled: Maps of Sedgeford / surveyed by John Fisher c1631.

Additional information

Series:

Norfolk Record Society

Volume Number:

LXXIX

Year of Publication:

2015

Edited By:

Elizabeth Griffiths

Cover:

Hardcover

Language:

English

Pages:

376

ISBN-10:

0955635780

ISBN-13:

9780955635786

2 reviews for Her Price is Above Pearls: Family and Farming Records of Alice Le Strange, 1617-1656

  1. Kristopher Harper

    The Journal of the Archives and Records Association, Volume 37, Issue 2, 1 August 2016, Pages 239-240

  2. Kristopher Harper

    The Economic History Review, Volume 69, Issue 4, 2016, Pages 1368-1369

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