Country Life and Country Lore

Newly-married Lady Mary Talbot believes herself to be with child and has summoned a wet-nurse from the country to see if she if suitable to care for her infant when it is born. Goodwife Nan Gotobed has a long history of suckling other women’s children, although none so grand as Lady Mary’s. Nan has strong opinions on what a mother-to-be should wear and do and is keen to share her words of wisdom. Lady Mary has been attentive to advice from her relations and manuals on childrearing. This insight into the dress of an Elizabethan court lady and a country woman includes an entertaining dressing demonstration revealing how women managed their clothes as pregnancy progressed and they prepared themselves for motherhood.
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