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Delilah wrote:
Did you know that Louis XIV had only about 40 baths during his entire life?

Where did you get that information? I think that hygiene habits improved a lot in the late 18th century (not for today standards but way better from Louis XIV reign).

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Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:58 pm
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It's a well-known fact. I think I've read it in some book. Besides, my history teacher at high school said that a couple of times.


Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:35 pm
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Not to dispute you, but my history teacher in high school also said that MA said "let them eat cake". So HS teachers aren't always the most accurate sources of information.

Now, my college French Civics professor knew MA never said it!

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Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:37 pm
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First of all, I also said that I've read the fact somewhere. It is also well known that people in the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century did not have a bath so often because they didn't know or weren't aware of how important hygiene was. They started to have baths regularly in the Enlightenment period, I think.


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Delilah wrote:
First of all, I also said that I've read the fact somewhere. It is also well known that people in the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century did not have a bath so often because they didn't know or weren't aware of how important hygiene was. They started to have baths regularly in the Enlightenment period, I think.

Yes, but I have to disagree about the smell still existing today. I take it you have never visited Versailles, because if so, you would think otherwise.


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No, I've never visited Versailles, but those who did told me so.


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Delilah wrote:
No, I've never visited Versailles, but those who did told me so.

I wonder what Versailles they were visiting, this is the first year since I was an infant that I have not been to Versailles.


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I don't know. And I don't think they would lie or make it up. Maybe some rooms really smelled bad, maybe it was just the wallpapers. I mean, it's an old palace. Of course it has a certain smell like every other!


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Delilah wrote:
I don't know. And I don't think they would lie or make it up. Maybe some rooms really smelled bad, maybe it was just the wallpapers. I mean, it's an old palace. Of course it has a certain smell like every other!

Well, with al the restorations, I have to doubt it.
Also, since they are teachers, you might ask when they have visited, they could've before I went...


Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:15 pm
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It was my teacher and her friend. Since I don't go to high school any more, I can't ask her.


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Sure you can! I talk to my high school teachers all the time, and I graduated 10 years ago!

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Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:20 pm
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I'm not in contact with her for a long time.


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Delilah wrote:
I'm not in contact with her for a long time.

Oh. :(


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Delilah wrote:
It is also well known that people in the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century did not have a bath so often


I agree, just I am interested in your sources since I am unable to find any book with details about the 18th century hygiene habits. I thought that you had maybe read somewhere that Louis XIV had only 40 baths in his life. :angel5:

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Delilah wrote:
It is also well known that people in the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century did not have a bath so often


I agree, just I am interested in your sources since I am unable to find any book with details about the 18th century hygiene habits. I thought that you had maybe read somewhere that Louis XIV had only 40 baths in his life. :angel5:

I would also like to know!


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