At the November meeting of Hunstanton and District Civic Society, Elizabeth Griffiths provided a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of Alice le Strange (1585-1656).
Elizabeth is the co-author a book entitled Consumption and Gender in the early 17th Century – The World of Alice le Strange, which was the first detailed study of this type for the period before 1650, combining micro-history with concern for long term economic and social trends.
The information came from the le Strange family archives and in particular from a continuous series of household accounts kept by Lady Alice from 1610 to 1654, which itemized purchases; home produced goods and gifts; together with everyday consumption of food and medical care. The accounts also reflect the devastating financial impact of her husband’s support for the Royalist cause during the siege of Lynn in 1643. The next Civic Society meeting will be the annual meeting, held in the Town Hall at 6.30pm tomorrow (December 10), followed by Richard Morley’s presentation, Reflections of a floating Librarian.