[Sca-cooks] Bathing - was Spices in meals: a thought and a question

jenne at fiedlerfamily.net jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Tue May 5 07:26:17 PDT 2009

Total immersion bathing was in fact practiced by those who could afford
it; since major cities had bathhouses with tubs as well as steam baths,
immersion bathing for the poorer people would be more common in urban
-- Jadwiga, author of CA 136-137 Hygiene of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
> While total body immersion bathing was likely not done on purpose (falling
> into the pond would COULD be considered bathing by accident  I suppose),
> people did take the equivilent of what my grandmother called a 'whore's
> bath'; washing with a cloth and water.  The water used for bathing was
> scented, which would make your neighbor more pleasant to be closer than 20
> ft away from.  The idea that people were dirty and stinky is just NOT
> accurate.

-- Jenne Heise / Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net

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