✹ About Sunday 17 September 1665 Claire on 22 Sep 2018 • Link Yes, holidaying as we know it wasn't really something that ever occurred to people in Sam's day. Although the rich travelled more than the poor, I don't think people often went away for a break as such - like you say, mountebank, it was usually to visit family or for another specific purpose. As San Diego Sarah pointed out, people basically just worked each and every day. Sundays must have been more different for anyone who went out to work but, for most women with families, it can't have been much of a day of rest. Weekend is probably a relatively new term because the concept is relatively new. I don't think Saturday was considered much different from Monday to Friday in the 17th century. I could be wrong but I think their working weeks were six days long.