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To have not known that Mrs Beeton died at 28?

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QueenOfTheAndals Wed 23-May-18 21:25:05

I fell down a Wikipedia hole, wound up on her page and saw she was only 28 when she died. I always assumed she was an plump elderly housewife, not a young woman who didn't even make it to 30. Apparently her husband gave her syphillis and she lost several children before dying of puerperal fever, poor woman.

beansforbreakfastonceagain Wed 23-May-18 21:29:41

YANBU. I thought the same as you.

Gillian1980 Wed 23-May-18 21:30:39

Yanbu. I had always made the same assumptions as you.

megletthesecond Wed 23-May-18 21:30:46

Ah, I didn't know that, poor woman. I grew up using my mum's battered Mrs Beetons book.

Phosphorus Wed 23-May-18 21:34:01

I thought she was a fictional character. blush

InfiniteSheldon Wed 23-May-18 21:34:41

She also didn't cook. The book is apparently a collection of recipes and housekeeping instructions put together by Mr Beeton and attributed to his much younger wife.

beansforbreakfastonceagain Wed 23-May-18 21:37:32

I didn't know that either InfiniteSheldon.

Leeds2 Wed 23-May-18 21:37:48

I imagined exactly the same as you, OP. Nor did I know that the book was actually Mr Beeton's.

Jamiefraserskilt Wed 23-May-18 21:43:56

Not sure how I feel about kitchen tips from some bloke that gave his missus a fatal std now.......

HollowTalk Wed 23-May-18 21:45:29

God, that poor woman!

Akire Wed 23-May-18 21:46:05

Oh wow. Used to have battered copy grown up, they was an older pinnybwrsrinn lady on front so you just presume.

Sunnymeg Wed 23-May-18 21:46:26

It is highly likely that she had syphilis, caught from her husband on honeymoon according to several biographers. This resulted in several miscarriages and I think it caused the early death of one of her children. She must have had a miserable time of it and I believe in a way she wrote her book to try and help other women and improve their lives. Her reasons for writing the book may have been totally different, but I have known her sad story for a few years and it crossed my mind when I first read about her.

BishopBrennansArse Wed 23-May-18 21:48:11

Mmmm. Household tips from the syphilitic
Mr Beeton. Niiiice.

Akire Wed 23-May-18 21:53:03

*pinny wearing lady

ChickenVindaloo2 Wed 23-May-18 21:54:35

I did know this funnily enough.

I recall Mrs B writing that if one has not done 50% of one's work by 10am then one is in danger of not completing it at all!

And that housemaids should rise at 5am, or 6am in winter.

I myself rise at 8.45am and start work at 10am. Often I go to bed about 5am!

FermatsTheorem Wed 23-May-18 21:54:55

I did not know that. But if it was written by the syphillitic Mr Beeton, that explains a lot about the "how to treat your servants" chapter (not that Victorian middle class women weren't rotten to their servants, but knowing that the author was male somehow makes it read differently).

SteviebunsBottritrundle Wed 23-May-18 21:57:39

I actually did know that <preens>. It is shocking though. How did she manage to write all those books at that age? Poor woman though.

SteviebunsBottritrundle Wed 23-May-18 21:58:29

Oooooh so she did write them? Did not know that!

SteviebunsBottritrundle Wed 23-May-18 21:58:42


merrymouse Wed 23-May-18 22:01:24

Her skill was as an editor/writer, not a cook or household manager. She was very ahead of her time.

merrymouse Wed 23-May-18 22:02:40

How did she manage to write all those books at that age?

Copy and paste from other writers apparently. The skill was in the presentation.

crunchymint Wed 23-May-18 22:04:18

No it was written by her. But most of it was stolen from other books. Read her autobiography. She was a very smart businesswoman who worked incredibly hard and died young, probably from syphilis. But she put together the book, not her husband. Her husband helped her get it published.

crunchymint Wed 23-May-18 22:04:58

Biography, not autobiography. Wikipedia is not an accurate source of information.

Angryosaurus Wed 23-May-18 22:11:08

Bit harsh blaming the husband for giving her syphillis- I'm sure it wasn't intentional!

crunchymint Wed 23-May-18 22:14:46

She was a journalist.

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