Myths About History We Believe to Be True Thanks to Movies

You have probably seen a movie where medieval common folk were covered in grime. While the era’s hygiene was by no means as good as it is today, Hollywood makes it out to be way worse than it was. At the time, lice and fleas were a particular concern, so people were encouraged to bathe. Soap and solutions to wash their hair were used. Likewise, people used twigs and wool cloth to clean their teeth. In fact, the idea of dirt-poor peasants may have been used as a tactic by some poorer people as part of the peasant’s tax aversion strategy.

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January 23, 2022 | 6:14 pm