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People in the past just smelled…..

People in the past just smelled, it’s true. But they smelled worse during certain centuries. So, let’s talk about bathing. I’ll be going backwards through time, breaking this discussion up over three posts: eighteenth century (here), sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in another post,  and then the Middle Ages. And maybe I’ll talk about the Romans in yet another post—they did some weird stuff with olive oil.   So, today: mid-eighteenth century through the Regency: the era, par excellence, of The Romance. Because of historical periodization, the eighteenth-century sort of gets a bad rap. I had a professor tell me once...

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