Early Modern Catechisms Written for Mothers, Schoolmistresses, and Children (Early Modern Englishwoman: A Fascimile Library of Essential Works - Essen

Early Modern Catechisms Written for Mothers, Schoolmistresses, and Children (Early Modern Englishwoman: A Fascimile Library of Essential Works - Essen

By: Paula McQuade (author)Hardback

2 - 4 weeks availability

£89.00 With FREE Saver Delivery


As works designed for mothers to instruct their children within the home, early modern mother-directed catechisms, like traditional catechisms, use the question-and-answer format to present the basic tenets of the Protestant faith. But such catechisms differ from traditional ones in how they represent the mother-child relationship. Because catechisms discuss fine questions of theology, and because they present a non-contentious image of maternal authority, many literary critics and cultural historians have failed to explore their cultural significance, focusing instead upon secular, dramatic representations of motherhood in early modern plays and pamphlet accounts of murderous mothers. This collection demonstrates that these catechisms provide valuable insight into constructions of early modern maternity, and more broadly, into the degree of power and authority accorded to women in the early modern Protestant family. It includes nearly all of the extant catechisms the editor was able to locate which were designed expressly for mothers and published between 1550 and 1750.

Create a review

About Author

Paula McQuade is Assistant Professor of English at DePaul University, USA.


Preface by the General Edtors; Introductory Note; Dorothy Burch, A Catechism of the Several Heads of Christian Religion, Gathered together in Question and Answer, it being intended only for private use, but now published for the good and benefit of others, by the importunity of some friends (1646); Mrs. J. C., The Mother's Catechism in an Explication of Some Questions of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism (1734); John Willison, The Mother's Catechism for the Young Child: or, a Prepatory Help for the Young and the Ignorant, in order to the more easy Understanding of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism (15th edition, 1735); Appendix A: D. M. [Dorcas Martin], trans., 'The Manner How To Examine' (232-4) and 'The True Summe of Christian Religion' (234-44) in An Instruction for Christians. Published in The Monument of Matrones. Ed. Thomas Bentley (1582); Appendix B: John Craig et al., The Mother and The Child. A Short Catechism or brief summe of religion, gathered out of Mr. Craigges Catechism, for the fitting of little Children for the public ministry (1611); Appendix C: Robert Abott, 'To His Much Honored Patroness, the Lady Honoria Norton', 'To his much honored friends, Mary Lady Bakere and Unton Lady Dering', 'A Catechism for Children, through the chief points of the Body of Divinity, to prepare them for the Lord's Supper', 'A Briefer Catechism, to be opened at first' in Milk for Babes, or, A Mother's Catechism for Her Children (1646); Appendix D: The First Book for Children; Or, the Compleat Schoolmistress (1705).

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780754651659
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780754651659
  • ISBN10: 0754651657

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly