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did they have some modern (for their time) indoor plumbing? where did they go the bathroom and shower in Versailles?


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i'm not 100% sure, but i think they bathed, not showered. and i'm sure they used a system of chamber pots and stuff, especially since what i think of as "modern" plumbing is pretty new. but i'm sure someone on here has the right answer! :D


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I also don't know, but I believe I read something about M.A. getting plumbing from England?


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interesting, thankyou


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I would imagine that she bathed, using a bath that was filled with heated water by servants and then emptied when she got out - I doubt that there would have been RUNNING water but I could be totally wrong about that (actually, I really could be totally wrong about that cos I recall seeing an example of a Roman tap on TV recently and if the Romans had running water than it's not inconceivable that they might have in the 18th century. I just don't know).

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Yes, Romans had plumbing, but France, to my belief didn't in the 18 century. They used chamber pots, heated water poured into a bathtub, and those pitchers used to wash faces.
For some reason I'm wondering if they swam very much?


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Yes, Romans had plumbing, but France, to my belief didn't in the 18 century. They used chamber pots, heated water poured into a bathtub, and those pitchers used to wash faces.
For some reason I'm wondering if they swam very much?


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Louis XVI and MA benefitted from hot running water fed by an ingenious heating system overhead to their bathrooms installed at Versailles. They were obviously some of the very few to benefit from such a luxury. They had copper bathtubs and would take their bath in a light gown, for the sake of modesty and so as to not burn themselves in contact with the hot metal.

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So the porcelain bath tub in the movie is innacurate, baron? In fact, I have never even seen or heard of that room with the tile and mirrors they used as the "bathing room" in the movie. Is that at Versailles?

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not knowing if youve heard otherwise yet Monsieur, ALL the rooms used in the movie were sets. except of course the hall of mirrors, the hercules salon and the Chapel.


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I'm pretty sure Louis the sixteenth had two toilets(chamber pots) made for an astounding price because of its extravagance.


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im sorry, i dont understand.
chamber pots are no more than a clay/ porcelain bowl...
his toilet is whithin his private apartments......


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Comte de Provence wrote:
chamber pots are no more than a clay/ porcelain bowl...

Yes they are / were, at least for the aristocrats :lol: . Sometimes they can look more like a work of art (with all those decorations) than just a toilette.

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yes, ive only ever seen one, it was at a local plantation here in town.


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How interesting. Of course I see no reason to include such things in my story. It seems that after the fall of Rome, people were simply not clean. I had a teacher who told us that is why they used so much perfume. How disappointing. It is kind of a smudge on the 'gilded age' I suppose. I just couldn't STAND to be without running water...Oh well!

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