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Author: Shannon, Francis Boyle, Viscount, 1623-1699.
Title: Discourses useful for the vain modish ladies and their gallants under these following heads, viz. I. Of some of the common ways many vertuous women take to lose their reputation, &c. II. Of meer beauty-love, &c. III. Of young mens folly in adoring young handsom ladies, &c. IV. Of the power womens beauty exercises over most young men. V. Of the inconstancy of most ladies, especially such as are cry'd-up beauties, &c. VI. Of marriage, and of wives who usurp a governing power over their husbands. VII. Of the inequality of many marriages, with the sad end that usually attend such matches. VIII. Against maids marrying for meer love, &c. IX. Against widows marrying. X. Against keeping of misses. XI. Of the folly of such women as think to shew their wit by censuring of their neighbours. XII. Of the French fashions and dresses, &c. XIII. Of worldly praises which all ladies love to receive, but few strive to deserve. XIV. Useful advices to the vain and modish ladies, for the well regulating their beauty and lives. By the right honourable Francis Lord Viscount Shannon.
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2012 November (TCP phase 2)
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Print source: Discourses useful for the vain modish ladies and their gallants under these following heads, viz. I. Of some of the common ways many vertuous women take to lose their reputation, &c. II. Of meer beauty-love, &c. III. Of young mens folly in adoring young handsom ladies, &c. IV. Of the power womens beauty exercises over most young men. V. Of the inconstancy of most ladies, especially such as are cry'd-up beauties, &c. VI. Of marriage, and of wives who usurp a governing power over their husbands. VII. Of the inequality of many marriages, with the sad end that usually attend such matches. VIII. Against maids marrying for meer love, &c. IX. Against widows marrying. X. Against keeping of misses. XI. Of the folly of such women as think to shew their wit by censuring of their neighbours. XII. Of the French fashions and dresses, &c. XIII. Of worldly praises which all ladies love to receive, but few strive to deserve. XIV. Useful advices to the vain and modish ladies, for the well regulating their beauty and lives. By the right honourable Francis Lord Viscount Shannon.
Shannon, Francis Boyle, Viscount, 1623-1699.

[London]: Printed for J. Taylor, at the Ship in S. Paul's Church-yard, 1696.
Alternate titles: Characters and discourses
Notes:
Place of publication from Wing.
With a preliminary contents leaf.
Each discourse has caption title; register and pagination begin anew with the third discourse.
Tightly bound.
Reproduction of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Subject terms:
Women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- Early works to 1800.
Manners and customs -- Early works to 1800.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A59539.0001.001

Contents
title page
The Epistle Dedicatory. To the Right Honourable ELIZABETH, Countess of Northumberland.
The CONTENTS of The First Part.
discourse
THE FIRST DISCOURSE, Of some of the common ways many vertuous Wives take to lose their Reputation, tho' they keep their Chastity; being vertuous in their inward Intentions, but indiscreet in their Talk and outward Actions; and Men judge by what they see, not by what Women say they mean.
THE SECOND DISCOURSE, Of meer Beauty-Love, and of some of the vile Arts, and wicked Deceits many of our Young Gallants use to ruine their Mistresses Reputation, under a false Pretence of true Friendship; and of the great Folly of such Ladies who delight in Censuring others, but slight all others Censuring them, because they fancy they do not deserve it, with some useful Advices thereon.
THE THIRD DISCOURSE, Of young Mens great folly, in ado∣ring, and over-praising all young handsome Ladies; and their grea∣ter folly in receiving it, and be∣lieving them.
THE FOURTH DISCOURSE, Of the extraordinary governing Power that Womens Beauty now exercises over most Men.
THE FIFTH DISCOURSE, Of the inconstancy of most young Ladies, especially that are cry'd up beauties, and the folly of any one that believes he is fully acquainted, and solely possessed of a vain La∣dies heart, and can give good rea∣sons for the various motions of her Love-Changes.
THE SIXTH DISCOURSE, Of Marriage, and Wives who usurp a governing Power over their Hus∣bands, which is now so common, as it's become almost the general grie∣vance of the Nation.
THE SEVENTH DISCOURSE, Of the Inequality of many Marriages, and the Inconstancy of most Wives, that Men Marry for meer Beauty, or their Parents Match for bare Mony, with the sad end that usually at∣tends such Matches.
THE EIGHTH DISCOURSE, Against Maids Marrying for meer Love, or only to please their Parents Incli∣nations, tho' quite contrary to their own.
THE NINTH DISCOURSE, Against Widows Marrying.
THE TENTH DISCOURSE, Against keeping of MISSES.
THE ELEVENTH DISCOURSE, Of the vain folly of such Ladies who think to shew their Wit, by Jeering and Censuring their Neighbours.
THE TWELFTH DISCOURSE, Of French Fashions and Dresses, now used in England, by the mo∣dish Ladies, and young Sparks.
THE THIRTEENTH DISCOURSE, Of Worldly Praises, which all Ladies love to receive, but few strive to me∣rit; with the sad end of it and them, when they come to Die.
THE FOURTEENTH DISCOURSE, Ʋseful Advices in order to vain modish Ladies well Regulating their Beau∣ty and Lives.