Following on from last week's video on haircare in medieval and Tudor times, today I'm talking about Tudor hygiene, i.e. how Tudor people kept their faces and bodies clean.
Sources and Further Reading
- Elyot, Sir Thomas (1541) The castel of helth corrected and in some places augmented, Thomas Berthelet, p. 47, available to read online at https://archive.org/stream/2234010R.nlm.nih.gov/2234010R#page/n117/mode/2up
- Markham, Gervase (edited by Michael R. Best), The English Housewife, McGill-Queen's University Press.
- Plat, Sir Hugh (1608) Delightes for ladies to adorn their persons, tables, closets, and distillatories: with beauties, banquets, perfumes and waters, a scanned version is available from EEBO Editions on Amazon.
- Goodman, Ruth (2015) How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life, Viking.
- Picard, Liza (2004) Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London, W&N.
- Getting Clean the Tudor Way, article by Ruth Goodman.
Great work, Claire! I’m sure you heard Elizabeth I ‘had a bath once a month whether she needed it or not.’