Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Country Housewife and Lady's Director in the Management of a House, and the Delights and Profits of a Farm   By: (1688-1732)

Book cover

In "The Country Housewife and Lady's Director in the Management of a House, and the Delights and Profits of a Farm," Richard Bradley offers a comprehensive guide for women in rural households. This timeless book provides valuable insights into the duties and responsibilities of a country housewife, highlighting the author's deep knowledge and experience in agricultural matters. While the title might seem somewhat archaic or intimidating, the content within is far from it.

Bradley's book is divided into two main sections: house management and farm-related activities. In the first section, the author tackles every aspect of running a household, from organizing the kitchen and overseeing servants to preserving food and maintaining a clean and comfortable home. He delves into great detail, providing step-by-step instructions, practical tips, and even recipes for various dishes. Bradley's writing style is clear and concise, making it easily accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

The second section focuses on farming and offers guidance to those interested in rural pursuits. Bradley explores the diverse aspects of farming, including animal husbandry, crop cultivation, and plant propagation. He emphasizes the importance of careful observation and adaptation to maximize profits and yield. What distinguishes this book from others of its time is that it recognizes women's instrumental role in farming, empowering them with knowledge to actively participate in agricultural practices.

Bradley's work also draws attention to the economic benefits of farming, showcasing how it can be a lucrative endeavor for women. He provides practical advice on business management, marketing strategies, and reducing expenses to increase profitability. These insights are invaluable, especially for readers seeking financial independence or supplementary income.

Despite being over three centuries old, "The Country Housewife and Lady's Director" remains surprisingly relevant today. While some advice and practices may be outdated, many principles discussed by Bradley stand the test of time. The book serves as a window into a bygone era while also highlighting the essential skills and knowledge necessary for leading a self-sustainable and fruitful life.

In conclusion, Richard Bradley's "The Country Housewife and Lady's Director" is a remarkable resource for both historical and practical purposes. Its comprehensive coverage of household management and agricultural pursuits provides readers with a well-rounded understanding of rural life. Although the title might mislead modern readers, the content proves to be a treasure trove of wisdom and guidance for anyone interested in exploring the intricacies of running a household and managing a farm.

First Page:

Transcribed by David Starner, Kevin Handy, and the Online Distributed Proofreader Team

THE Country Housewife AND LADY'S DIRECTOR IN THE Management of a House, and the Delights and Profits of a Farm.


Instructions for managing the Brew House, and Malt Liquors in the Cellar; the making of Wines of all sorts

Directions for the Dairy, in the Improvement of Butter and Cheese upon the worst of Soils; the feeding and making of Brawn; the ordering of Fish, Fowl, Herbs, Roots, and all other useful Branches belonging to a Country Seat, in the most elegant manner for the Table.

Practical Observations concerning Distilling; with the best Method of making Ketchup, and many other curious and durable Sauces.

The whole distributed in their proper Months, from the Beginning to the End of the Year.

With particular Remarks relating to the Drying or Kilning of Saffron.


Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge; and F.R.S.

The Sixth Edition With Additions.

To The LADY WAGER , Consort to the Right Honourable Sir CHARLES WAGER , One of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, AND One of His Majesty's Most Honourable PRIVY COUNCIL;

This Book is most humbly Dedicated, by Her Ladyship's most Obedient, and most Humble Servant,

R... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books