|Frances, Lady Bridges 1587|
Looking at the title of this post, some readers will wonder what cleanliness has to do with the Tudor era. It tends to be assumed that our forebears were dirtier and smellier than we are.
As has been pointed out in a number of 2NHG posts,* this may not be the wholly correct picture. It turns out that the lives of our ancestors are not always what we supposed they were. Sometimes our assumptions are mostly true, sometimes there’s an element of truth, and sometimes what we take to be true is, essentially, historical myth.
|How To Be a Tudor|
Ruth Goodman, by the way, has written other books about her experiences living the life of the past. How To Be a Tudor is the most recent. How To Be a Victorian is next in line on my History Books TBR shelf.
*Some samples of our posts about cleanliness are here, here, here, here, and here.
Image: (Unknown artist) Frances, Lady Bridges 1587, courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.
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