Ruffs and Tumbles

Jo Ellis (an august literary figure in her own right) has given me the title 'Ruffs and Tumbles'.

It immediately puts me in mind of costume drama. The Tudors. Or, even more salacious, The Borgias. Is it modern dramatists who inject this rampant content into historical drama, or were they really at it like hares on the Prince's Estate? I'm not so sure that they were as active as all that. Life expectancies were shorter, so the average day of the average person was more likely to be sexually active, and without adequate contraception, there was that much more evidence of sex after the fact. But are we less horny now than our forebears? 

There are other factors at play today, though. The chances of getting caught are probably higher. There's a whole different range of diseases to consider, and there are new taboos too. But life is long, and we tumble for longer, and with more freedom from the threat of accidental conception. The Pill brought about a revolution, meaning that women could start to be as promiscuous (in theory) as their male counterparts. So perhaps it's not a case of Ruffs and Tumbles now, not just because fashion has changed, but because the frills are on the other foot. Women are more in control.

Elizabeth would approve.