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Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World

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Sketches of the fair sex, in all parts of the world. To which are added rules for determining the precise figure, the degree of beauty, the habits, and the age of women, notwithstanding the aids and disguise of dress. It is our design to present a pleasing and interesting miscellany, which will serve to beguile the leisure hour, and will at the same time couple instruction with amusement. We have used but little method in the arrangement: Choosing rather to furnish the reader with a rich profusion of narratives and anecdotes, all tending to illustrate the FEMALE CHARACTER, to display its delicacy, its sweetness, its gentle or sometimes heroic virtues, its amiable weaknesses, and strange defects—than to attempt an accurate analysis of the hardest subject man ever attempted to master, viz—WOMAN.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .During the crusades, animated by the double enthusiasm of religion and of valor, they often performed the most romantic exploits. They obtained indulgences on the field of battle, and died with arms in their hands, by the side of their lovers, or of their husbands.

In Europe, the women attacked and defended fortifications. Princesses commanded their armies, and obtained victories.

Such was the celebrated Joan de Mountfort, disputing for her duchy of Bretagne, and engaging the enemy herself.

Such was the still more celebrated Margaret of Anjou, queen of England and wife of Henry VI. She was active and intrepid, a general and a soldier. Her genius for a long time supported her feeble husband, taught him to conquer, replaced him upon the throne, twice relieved him from prison, and though oppressed by fortune and by rebels, she did not yield, till she had decided in person twelve battles.

The warlike spirit among the women, consisten. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very enlightening view from the past that illustrates such a different world than exists today in most modern cultures.

Delightfully Old-Fashioned and Sexist

This book was probably a compliment to women when written, but today parts of it will get even the least feminist woman a little piqued. If taken in good humour and as a specimen of its time, it's a delightful look through male eyes at that most inscrutable of cr

This book gives you a good view from the past. It shows how much we've learned over time. On a personal note..as a woman it was a terrible book to me.

To be honest I wasn't sure what I thought this. book would be about when I acquired it and discovering that it was trying to do so much but in such a bad way made me wish that some of the authors hadn't had their work gathered for this collection. The information provided in some instances is correc