17th Century Jokes & Humor
by Robert Giglio from ECWSA collections
I ran across the following during my reading on the seventeenth century and English Civil Wars, and thought it was rather amusing.

"A Gallant in his youth was much addicted to dicing, and many times when he had lost all his money, then he would pawn his cloak, and so go home without either cloak or coin, which grieved the Lady his Mother very much: for remedy whereof, she caused all his doublets (of what stuff so ever) to be made with canvas painted backs, whereon were fashioned two fools, which caused the Gentleman ever after to keep his cloak on his back, for fear two of the three should be discovered."
The following amusing item shows that even in the seventeenth century, being married was viewed as many husbands view it today. Now, while personally I don't hold this view with regards to my marriage, but I know (and I'm sure you do as well) some old soldiers that were yanked from the field by their wives, that this is very true to form for.

"A Lusty young Man in Somersetshire, after he had been Married about four Months, grew very Lean and Feeble, so that he could hardly crawl a long; He, one day, seeing a Butcher run over a Plough'd Field after a Mad Bull, ask'd him the reason of it. Why, says the Butcher it is to Tame him: O, says the Fellow, Let him be Married, let him be Married: if that don't Tame him, I'll be hang'd."

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