What Hygiene Was Like For Medieval Peasants

Although cleanliness in the Middle Ages was primitive compared to what modern people enjoy, it doesn't mean medieval hygiene didn't exist. Despite living in an era long before indoor plumbing, shampoo, and nail salons, people used the best hygiene practices they could. Unfortunately, they didn't have a lot to work with. Peasants had it especially bad and weren't often able to afford luxuries like more than one set of clothing. For the lower classes, personal hygiene in the Middle Ages meant keeping clean however you could, even if it wasn't easy.
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  • What one item would you take back to Medieval Europe?

    Weird HistoryWeird History7 aylar önce
    • Good question, I would have to bring penicillin.

      Ray RictorRay RictorGün önce
    • A hundred pieces of atomic BOMB I'm gonna end all life forms on earth

    • A gun so I can rob the king all the guard had was arrows and spears so the would never hit me

      DuelistDuelist4 gün önce
    • A gun, so I could shoot myself 🤦 nah, probably the Grey's Anatomy book of medicine

      LB Abstract ArtLB Abstract Art6 gün önce
    • Pair of Jordans.

      Menelik TubeMenelik Tube7 gün önce
  • How fit could medieval soldiers be?

    Héctor _Héctor _5 saatler önce
  • what a smell!!!!

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.6 saatler önce
  • I was lucky to not be born in those damn times

    Orlando murilloOrlando murillo9 saatler önce
  • Well it couldn't have been that bad people still reproduced. Haha I kid I kid. 😂

    Tiffany SmithTiffany Smith11 saatler önce
  • Haha reminded me of something from my childhood. I was playing with a childhood friend at his house, in the countryside; and he told me "I've noticed that my mom puts this thing inside her underwear, I believe she uses it to have sex with my dad" (lol, I know.. we were a couple of ~6yo curious fucks).. he was holding a bloody rag, a rag with blood stains on it. Not to mention that he and his sister, along with other kids from that village were shitting outdoors, behind trees and they were wipping their asses with leaves. No, I'm not a time traveler and no I'm not 620 years old

    bunnysavage Xbunnysavage XGün önce
  • you know how it is said theres a heaven and hell which side do you think we are on it aint heaven thats for sure but life is a lot better depending on which continent your on

    the middlemanthe middlemanGün önce
  • I recall reading about how Japan was discovered by Portugese missionaries & how atrocious they thought the foreigners hygiene was. They referred to them as barbarians for their uncouth ways as they were very much civilized at the time; to the point of having dung collectors take the excrement to fields to be used as fertilizer. Even the peasants bathed there at the time..

    Ray RictorRay RictorGün önce
  • Not every one lived in europe and the middle age is a long time with various period and area for example norse or andulusia would have very different hygiene

    dj pagladj pagla2 gün önce
  • Hah! This isn't medieval hygiene, this is how a true game shows his dedication to their games!

    ᴍʀ. ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴄʏᴍʀ. ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴄʏ2 gün önce
  • Or, if they didn't have a chamber put or an outhouse the would just go out in the woods when they needed to go.

    Allen BallardAllen Ballard3 gün önce
  • Imagine going back in time to hand someone a toothbrush and toothpaste

    Get SomeGet Some3 gün önce
  • Appreciate how India was was way ahead back then.

    Shravani SawantShravani Sawant3 gün önce
  • Clean

    Gaming ExperienceGaming Experience3 gün önce
  • How does onions makeup a major part of someone's diet. Are they eating them like apples?!?

    Blake FBlake F3 gün önce
  • Thank God this is over...i could never live in this Era!!!!

    Boss JeanBoss Jean4 gün önce
  • A moment of silence for our ancestors' suffering.

    Martha G.Martha G.4 gün önce
  • You have a beck Beckett thing going on with the cadence in your voice. I dig it,

    gloria lalorgloria lalor4 gün önce
  • i gotta go have a hot shower after watching this

    sagansagan4 gün önce
  • Look on the bright side, at least you would've died in your 30s! That's at least four decades of not having to smell other ppls pit perfume

    EffieEffie5 gün önce
  • Person : *cough* Doctor : anyway, so i started praying-

    Minni MinMinni Min5 gün önce
  • Good Lord...

    Franchesca ONealFranchesca ONeal5 gün önce
  • 4:53 how's this genre of music called?

    MTKMTK5 gün önce
  • I was reading some comments and replies, and this is what I'm seeing. Hygiene was better in the ancient times. It basically went backwards during the Medieval era.

    Christina MagluiloChristina Magluilo5 gün önce
    • @_Sir Maximys_ I did not know that. Thank you for sharing that.

      Christina MagluiloChristina Magluilo2 gün önce
    • No!In the medical treatises of that time there are references to the healing abilities of the bath, for example, the Italian doctor Magnini Mediolanesis, who functioned as a court doctor, as well as a temporary regent in Paris University, in 14th century notes, *The bath cleanses the external parts of the body from dirt that remains after physical exertion on the outside of the body ... if any vital products of the third digestion remain under the skin that were not eliminated through exercises and massage, they will be eliminated by the bath* In fact, if we go back to the 15th century, then bathing and eating in the baths were often combined. As noted in a book by Virginia Smith: “Cleanliness: A History of Personal Hygiene and Cleanliness”: *By the fifteenth century, a bath feast in many city baths seemed to be as common as going to a restaurant was to be four centuries later. In the etchings of a 15th-century German bathhouse, a city bathhouse often appears with a long row of bathing couples who eat naked in the bathtubs, often several in the bathtub, while other couples see smiling in bed at an average distance.* He also recommended bathing as a means of treating or alleviating discomfort, for example, for older people and pregnant women. Another example, the Englishman Barthelemy claims that in the 13th century* “when a child has enough sleep, he should be washed three times a day”* . After each big dream of your baby, you should wash it. Also remember that disposable diapers do not exist and that children wear diapers, so you need to not only wash your ass, but also clothes. Barthelemy always explains in the Book of the properties of things (gallic, but not in color) that the bath nourishes: *“We wash it and anoint it to nourish the flesh clearly”* For adults, the bath is a little less regular. Every day, guys and chicks wash open parts of the body, hands, face. The bathhouse is almost weekly. Each area has incubators or public baths. But be careful, the water in the bathtub, when it is too hot, can *"expel the trash that nature hides through the leak of flesh,"* - says Aldebrandin de Sien (Gallika). The bathhouse is mentioned by philosophers. As the Dutch philosopher Erasmus noted in 1526, *Twenty-five years ago in Brabant there was nothing more fashionable than public baths. Today they are not ... a new plague taught us to avoid them.* The Italian writer Gian Francesco Poggio wrote about baths in 1414: *"He who seeks love, wants to marry or seek distraction: people come here in large numbers, where they find what they seek”* Soap in England was made in the 9th century, and then the corresponding soap guilds formed. The prominent kings of the 9th century, Charles the Great and Alfonso the Great, were actively building baths. And more about hygiene in locks: Baths were usually taken in wooden baths. Often some privacy was provided by a canopy or tent. In warm weather, the bathhouse was located in the castle garden, and in cold weather near the fire inside the castle. During the trip, the bathhouse often accompanied the lord with the bather. Some castles had built-in bathrooms. In Leeds Castle, in 1291, there was a 23 by 17 foot chamber lined with stone, which could contain 4 feet of water taken from the lake that surrounded the castle. There was a ledge for accessories, a recess for the bath and a dressing room located directly above the bath. Some of the castle's bathrooms had hot and cold water. Some Lords even had bath mats to protect their feet from the cold. A lavabo, sump or wash basin is a stone pool built into the wall. It was used as a wash basin and sink for washing hands before and after meals. Often a reusable tank with copper or bronze taps sat over a basin. Some lavas were very decorative and had spouts in the shape of animal heads. Some examples of castles with lava are the castles of Goodrich and Conisbrough in England.

      _Sir Maximys__Sir Maximys_2 gün önce
  • You could have made this video 3 seconds long.....hygiene was non existent 😂🙈

    Midas KingMidas King6 gün önce
  • This is what my character experiences in Skyrim everyday. Poor guy.

    Ricardo GonzalezRicardo Gonzalez6 gün önce
  • At times this got a bit nit picky

    Carole WiseCarole Wise6 gün önce
  • I couldn’t deal with lice and fleas. I think I would go insane by my mid 20’s.

    Susan ChisenaSusan Chisena6 gün önce
  • Imagine this in Coronavirus lol

    CamilleIsANoodleCamilleIsANoodle6 gün önce
  • This video could have been better if you compared peasants from all over the world rather than just European peasants. For example Chinese peasants were the first to use paper made from silk to wipe themselves while peasants in desert climates didn't have cesspits but rather simply go do their business in the desert and bury their waste in the sand

    NTLuckNTLuck7 gün önce
  • 5:02 that’s a bed from Skyrim

    Imgonnaput SomedirtinyoureyeImgonnaput Somedirtinyoureye7 gün önce
  • This made me itchh

    Vanessa HVanessa H7 gün önce
  • Alabama and Mississippi are the same now 😂

    Most HatedMost Hated7 gün önce
  • I've never been more grateful for deodorant

    Riaah AgarwalRiaah Agarwal7 gün önce
  • I felt so good that I was born this time.. And felt pity before this

    Mac Tyrese RibonMac Tyrese Ribon8 gün önce
  • Lice are actually attracted to clean hair..

    Julia McCoogJulia McCoog8 gün önce
  • I am glad I wasn't born back then. 😀😁😀😀😀😀

    Holly HollenbeckHolly Hollenbeck8 gün önce
  • I use to wish I could time travel but now I'm having second thoughts lol. Humanity have really come a long way indeed.

    Raven IronsideRaven Ironside8 gün önce
  • Twig tampons sounds greaaaaat

    Camila PradoCamila Prado8 gün önce
  • I wonder what it was like outside of Europe where e.g Muslim peasants must’ve been far more hygienic due to washing 5 times a day for prayer

    farzfarz8 gün önce
  • There immune systems were stronger than the modern day human.

    droppedbye.droppedbye.8 gün önce
  • Anyone else think this guy sounds a lot like Stephen Colbert? Don't like Stephen Colbert, but love this guy!

    Zachary DunlapZachary Dunlap8 gün önce
  • Imagine being full bush, sticky and sweaty all day in the field just trying to feed your family. Only to come home to a hot hut that you have to sleep in. No wonder everyone left England.

    ryanowns5ryanowns58 gün önce
  • your info is good but you are showing eating food by hand but showing indian footage by showing eating by hand that wrong man

    Raghuvamshi ABRaghuvamshi AB8 gün önce
  • ...However, a skip and a hop away on the continent of Africa...

    sza sremmurdsza sremmurd8 gün önce
  • Wonder if they ever just went nose blind to the smell🤔

    MichaelMichael8 gün önce
  • I clicked on this video already knowing the answer people literally lived in their own filth

    David CorruthersDavid Corruthers9 gün önce
  • "If a peasant suffered diarrhea or a painful bm, doctors would think they were cursed." To be fair diarrhea does feels like a curse lol

    Samantha StatikSamantha Statik9 gün önce
  • Straws to wipe their butt? Ouch! And ate food with their hands???

    austin gaeaustin gae9 gün önce
  • OMG, like living in hell, we’re so lucky to have been dumped into this modern era.

    Mateo GarzaMateo Garza9 gün önce
  • The last part made me burst out laughter.. 🤣

    Saaduddin AnsariSaaduddin Ansari9 gün önce
  • 1:35 yup, they still do that here in India.

    Saaduddin AnsariSaaduddin Ansari9 gün önce
  • I then i realized how lucky i am to live in a small island very near the beach. 😇🧜🤽🌊🌊🌊❤️

    Eirelav SetneufEirelav Setneuf9 gün önce
  • This going to sound bad ( but true) . Their hygiene is better than most people here !!! Least they take baths

    Anthony RobersonAnthony Roberson10 gün önce
  • Peasants couldn’t buy stuff or leave the manor. When there were peasants that was before cities with shops and trade.

    Alan likes footballAlan likes football10 gün önce
  • Why didnt they just shower🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

    Rafael MontoyaRafael Montoya10 gün önce
  • Why are you spreading misinformation? Please do through research before showing random clips conveniently stiched together.

    Shweta JoshiShweta Joshi10 gün önce
  • Medieval era was as bogus as it could get. No car, no phone, no electricity, no running water. If they were asked to come back and try the "luxury" we have today, they would all come running. What were their lines to pick up girls?

    Dorel KongoDorel Kongo10 gün önce
  • None, wouldn't want to go back to that era ....

    A. R.A. R.10 gün önce
  • Imagine falling into one of those pits 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

    LaTavia WashingtonLaTavia Washington11 gün önce
  • I’m gonna take a shower after watching this even though I took one a couple of hours ago

    Ellie ParkerEllie Parker11 gün önce
  • peasant girls make do

    ᴹᵃʳˢʰᵃᶫ ᴸᵉᵉ ᵀʰᵉ ᴾᵘˢˢʸ ᴰᵉˢᵗʳᵒʸᵉʳ ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ᴹᵃʳˢʰᵃᶫ ᴸᵉᵉ ᵀʰᵉ ᴾᵘˢˢʸ ᴰᵉˢᵗʳᵒʸᵉʳ ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)11 gün önce
  • Oral sex must have been fun back then.

    Breadbugzombie964Breadbugzombie96411 gün önce
  • And some people say that 2020 sucks

    DodgeavoidevadeDodgeavoidevade11 gün önce
  • Thanks fromm Chicago

    Underground Raiload TV show in ChicagoUnderground Raiload TV show in Chicago12 gün önce
  • A lot of the stuff about menstruation is wrong but a cis man wrote this so what Dow e expect

    DwynDwyn12 gün önce
  • Dong!! I mean DANG!!!

    Tex-Mex ChickTex-Mex Chick12 gün önce
  • Uh oh, STINKY!!!

    Bagel biterBagel biter12 gün önce
  • Just the thought of not having pads wen I get my period it's sickening.you have to clean yourself very well anyway but more for women at that time.woman back then was strong

    Pamela WashingtonPamela Washington12 gün önce
  • Since there was no Home Depot or Miracle Grow at the time, human and animal waste was the only fertilizer available. So it's not a possibility that fruits and veggies were contaminated by disease, but a certainty. In fact, the Dutch discovered that using manure under the soil allowed the soil to maintain heat better, extending the growing season. Soon everyone was trying this. Oddly enough, this is one reason why outbreaks of polio were almost unheard of prior to the 20th century. Polio lives in waste and exposure to it allowed people to build up a certain resistance to the disease. Only when indoor plumbing became the norm in the early 20th century did people loose this resistance and the disease turned so very deadly. (And THAT is the only use I have ever gotten out of the term paper I was forced to write in High School on this. Still trying to find some use for the Algebra they made me study.)

    Michele DeetlefsMichele Deetlefs12 gün önce
    • Dude this shits awesome.

      Let’s_Get_IlluminaughtyLet’s_Get_Illuminaughty10 gün önce
What Hygiene Was Like For Medieval Peasants