The Trevelyon Miscellany: Women

Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004

Women

Order in Thomas Trevelyon's world depended on accepting one's place in the God-given hierarchy. For women, this meant being subject to husbands and fathers and, paradoxically, being both feared and admired as the weaker sex.

Thomas Trevelyon, Miscellany, fol. 182v (Duties of Husbands and Wives)

Thomas Trevelyon
Miscellany, fol.182v
(Duties of Husbands and Wives)

Thomas Trevelyon, Miscellany, fol. 183r (Duties of Husbands and Wives)

Thomas Trevelyon
Miscellany, fol. 183r
(Duties of Husbands and Wives)

In setting forth a husband's duties to his wife, the woman on the right covers a detailed range of sins a husband must avoid in order to "give honor to the woman, as unto the weaker vessel." The husband, for his part, concentrates almost entirely on things his dutiful wife must not cook for him ("Hartichokes I cannot brook, for God's sake let them lie"). His straightforward list disguises rich food symbolism underneath.

Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
Exhibition Highlights

Thomas Trevelyon: the man and his sources | History and Religion | Calendars and Calculations | Memento Mori | Proverbs | The Old Testament | Lettering | A Quest for Order | Women | Astronomy | Personifications | Embroidery

Exhibition Intro | Visiting the Folger



This page updated March 30, 2004