Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
Puritan leaders argued vehemently for a church to be free of any higher authority – which caused problems in England and the new world.
Recipe sharing is all the rage in the pandemic as in other times of turmoil. English cookbooks of the 16th and 17th centuries promised recipes for comfort with a dash of glamour.
John Major was right – it didn’t end well for the 17th-century king, who ignored parliament and lost his head.
Milton’s famous defence of free speech, Areopagitica, was a strange choice for the attorney general.
Many thousands of Germans got through internment by performing farces, dressing up as women and clapping along to the can-can.
Charles I’s belief that art was a way of projecting power bankrupted England and alienated his people. The rest is history.
He strapped on a sword aged 43 – and changed British history.