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Did medieval people keep clean?
November 25, 2010 10:57PM
The Renaissance brought perfume, and the reformation brought repression. The result was that people gave up cleanliness and talked about how bad things used to be.
The link below is to a section of a Wikipedia article dealing with the history of bathing in the West.
Actually, medieval Europeans were very suspicious of bathing. They associated it with Roman pagans. They did have baths, but those were not for keeping clean. I don't know how old you are, but medieval baths were places where people did naughty things.