INTERNUTS: BATHING IN THE MIDDLE AGES has fascinating stuff. We looked at why bathing was unpopular in the Middle Ages. (Considered dangerous by some, effete by others.) Queen Isabel of Spain bragged she only bathed twice in her life: at birth and before her wedding. Louis XIV matched her, bath for bath; people said he smelled like a barnyard animal. (He also liked to dance in ballets, wearing only a golden clam shell.) Perfume was popular.


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