Madame Isis has a marvelously detailed, and SOURCED, piece today on the hygiene of the past. Regular readers know I have a history here of expressing frustration with the contemporary bigotry against the past as a seething mass of filthy stupidity, miraculously evolving into Bright and Shining Us, we who are today so wise, so enlightened, and so clean. A-hem.
Isis covers a great deal more than I have, including feminine hygiene, though she is more period specific. That said, her sourcing provides a list of resources for anyone interested in researching further. Hers is a wonderful blog for anyone interested in or writing about the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially for beauty and costume. She also includes a wealth of beautiful and instructive images, including some which may rather shock the viewer who thinks of most history as prudish as well!
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