The Ancrene Riwle (13th c.)
The eighth part is entirely of the external rule; first, of meat and drink and of other things relating thereto; thereafter, of the things that ye may receive, and what things ye may keep and possess; then of your clothes and of such things as relate thereto; next of your tonsure, and of your works, and of your bloodletting; lastly, the rule concerning your maids, and how you ought kindly to instruct them. . . .