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'Rules for a Gentlewomans behaviour at a Ball'<br />
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One of the first self help books written by a female for British woman reveals the fascinating world that they inhabited in the times of Charles II.<br />
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The 345 year old handbook reveals how the fairer sex were expected to behave in the late 17th century.<br />
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The rare 1673 first edition of The Gentlewoman's Companion by Hannah Woolley gives advice on how to respond to a man who is seeking 'lewd and immodest actions'.<br />
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The guide, which has emerged for sale for £1,500, also lays down appropriate table manners, outlines how to act at a dance and provides home remedies including ways to tackle 'flactuency' and 'windiness'.<br />
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The author, despite being a woman herself, claims God made men before women and it was the responsibility of the wife to be 'subservient' to her husband.