The Glorious Days of Old ...

 

Reading historical novels is enjoyable, but I often find myself wondering whether I'd like to return to the "good old days". The simple answer is probably not. Life certainly seemed less stressed and less complicated, but was it really? Reading the pages of some historical novels you could be forgiven for thinking it was not only more relaxed, but a lot more enjoyable. In some things it probably was, but it depended a lot on your social position and your 'wealth'. We forget, I think, that one reason men's shirts had detachable collars was that most people only own two or three. A detachable collar meant being able to wear a clean one more frequently than one changed the shirt it was attached to. Until very recently in the UK most men owned possibly two suits, one for every day wear, and one for 'high days and holy days' - the Sunday 'best' outfit.

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