Clean And Decent

Clean And Decent : The Fascinating History of the Bathroom And Wc

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CLEAN AND DECENT, says the author, 'is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through'. Subtitled The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-closet, and of sundry Habits, Fashions and Accessories of the Toilet it is a fascinating excursion into the household's most private room. Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? This informative and hilarious book leads the reader to believe that more may be learnt about the past from bathrooms rather than battlefields, and that patterns of social history are mirrored in the bathwater or found locked in the water-closet.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141390352
  • 9780141390352

Table of contents

Man becomes house-trained; "omnia commoda"; the odour of sanctity; "every satyrday nyght"; Bath Knights and bagnios, conduit and quills; dirty days; fecundating springs; lieux a l'Anglaise; bason, bidet and pot; baths and buggs; the cholera years; the water cure; was health worth it? "the benison of hot water"; "the subject is a peculiar one"; plumber's progress; toilet sundries; millions of baths. Short bibliography. Illustrations - sources and acknowledgements.
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About Lawrence Wright

The author was a Royal Academician, but he also wrote three books of domestic history/economy: CLEAN AND DECENT, WARM AND SNUG (a history of the bed) and HOME FIRES BURNING (a history of central heating).
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