Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.
How words are used change over time and insisting that their original meaning be adhered to is pretty silly.
Bleach to defeat COVID-19 or fire to dispel plague, history is full of quack medicine.
Channel 4 dating show Flirty Dancing is a reminder of the 18th century men who endured endless abuse to get Britain moving.
Back in 1663, it was all about staff getting the day off, now it’s all about boosting the coffers of the major stores.