17th century marriage and dating rules
Famous English women of the 17th century included the philosopher Mary Astell (1666-1731) and the writer Aphra Behn (1640-1689).Elena Piscopia (1646-1684) was a great Italian woman philosopher.
The suitor had to ask permission to marry from a girl's parents, and the couple were encouraged to keep a physical distance between themselves during the courting process. Despite these restrictions, the purpose of the practice was still for the pair to fall in love.In the 16th century some upper class women were highly educated.(Elizabeth I was well educated and she liked reading). They also learned to read and write and they learned languages like Greek and Latin, Spanish, Italian and French.In them girls were taught subjects like writing, music and needlework.
The first women's magazine was The Ladies Mercury published in 1693. Some women worked in food preparation such as brewers, bakers or confectioners. In the 17th century most households in the countryside were largely self-sufficient.