Medieval People Were Surprisingly Clean (Apart From the Clergy)

People in the Middle Ages took great care over cleanliness — except the clergy, who accepted filth as a sign of devotion

Aeon Magazine
Jun 21, 2019 · 13 min read
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Lice, or ‘worms with feet’, were a common cause for concern in the Middle Ages. From ‘Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health),’ printed by Johann Pruss in Strasbourg in 1497. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images

By Katherine Harvey

In the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), two minor characters spot King Arthur. They know who he is…

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