Did people smell back in medieval times?

Did people smell back in medieval times?

No, because hygiene standards did exist, and people used soap, deodorizers and perfumes, and bathed often.

Why did medieval castles stink?

Within days of a royal party settling in one palace or another, a stink would set in from poorly discarded food, animal waste, vermin from or attracted to unwashed bodies, and human waste (which accrued in underground chambers until it could be removed.)

Do families still live in castles?

The funny thing is, there are a surprising number of historic castles still in use today. These medieval castles are not only still standing, they remain private residences (at least in part) to families that can trace their lineage back through the centuries.

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How did they keep castles warm?

Heating was provided by massive stone fireplaces stocked with timber, down to small cooking fires in tiny homes. By fire: originally an open hearth then chimneys. Private rooms could also have chafing bowls using charcoal. Wooden castles used their walls for insulation as did stone castles.

What is the oldest castle still standing?

Windsor Castle
The Citadel of Aleppo is the oldest castle in the world, with some parts of the structure dating back to 3000 BC. Built in 1070 AD, Windsor Castle is the oldest castle that is still actively used today. Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world at 70,000 square meters.

What did perfume smell like in the Middle Ages?

The usual smell was the natural body odour. Cosmetics and perfumes were known, and women especially produced their own perfumes from plants – flowers, seeds, leaves. Rose was a popular ingredient, as was lavender. Also soaps could be scented. See Perfumes Used in the Middle Ages

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How often did people in the Middle Ages bathe?

It depended on the weather, the day of the week and the diet. Middle Ages were surprisingly hygienic; the Romano-Greek bathing culture did survive in the Middle Ages, and people bathed and washed usually at least once in a week. So they would be cleanest on Sunday when they went to church. The usual smell was the natural body odour.

What did castles smell like in the Middle Ages?

Castles and manor houses often smelled damp and musty. To counteract this, herbs and rushes were strewn across the floors.

How did people clean themselves in the Middle Ages?

Before the advent of alcohol based toilet waters in the 14th century, our clean and well-mannered Medieval man or woman could have finished their ablutions with a dusting of powder on the face and/or the body.