The following is an extract from a book written in 1698 by Sir George Wheeler who was educated at Oxford University and became an author. The rules of conduct set out below come from his book titled:
‘The Protestant Monastery: Or, Christian Oeconomicks. Containing Directions for the Religious Conduct of a Family’.
Men should have power over their wives
Good wives should be patient, loving, sweet, kind and obedient
Men should look after their wives
Men should never hit their wives
Men should take advice from their wives
Men are stronger and wiser than women
Men should respect their wives
Wives should obey their husbands
Have contemporary marriages moved away from this model for a happy marriage? Your immediate instinct would be to say ‘yes’, I suspect, but do consider the rise in domestic violence, the recent spate of family killings by men and the favourable way policy makers view marriage with a sub-text of keeping traditional roles going.