18th Century

When 'Mistress' Meant 'Mrs.' and 'Miss' Meant 'Prostitute'
The weird history of the female title
September 12, 2014

In the 18th century, ‘Mrs.’ was more likely to indicate a businesswoman than a married woman.

How to Build a Better Wife
The perverse preoccupation of a 19th-century gentleman
April 14, 2013

First, adopt an orphan, then hector, teach, and preach.