England is the paradise of women, the hell of horses, and the purgatory of servants

Cf. 1558 BONAVENTURE DES PERIERS Nouvelles Recreations N1v Paris..c’est le paradis des femmes, l’enfer des mules, et le purgatorie des soliciteurs; 1583 R. D. Mirrour of Mirth K1v Paris is a paradise for women, a hel for mens horses, and a Purgatorye for those that followe suits of Law.

1591 J. FLORIO Second Fruits 205 She takes her ease, and followes her busines at home... England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses.

1617 F. MORYSON Itinerary III. I. iii. England..is said to be the Hell of Horses, the Purgatory of Seruants, and the Paradice of Weomen.

1787 F. GROSE Provincial Glossary s.v. England, England is the paradise of women, hell of horses, and purgatory of servants.

1962 E. S. TURNER What Butler Saw i. An ancient proverb said that England was ‘the hell of horses, the purgatory of servants and the paradise of women’. When the eighteenth century came in, England was still the hell of horses, but there were loud complaints that it had become the paradise of servants and the purgatory of women.


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