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Published: 26 March 2020

368 Pages | 46 figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198856139

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Sweet and Clean?

Bodies and Clothes in Early Modern England

Susan North

  • Challenges previous assumptions about a lack of bathing and cleanliness in early modern England
  • Uses material culture in an innovative way, through the life-cycles of the material and the wearers
  • Provides in-depth study of early modern laundry using inventories and household accounts
  • Illustrates how these histories of bodies and cleanliness intersect with other cultural narratives
  • Draws on an extensive range of records, such as etiquette manuals, medical literature, probate inventories, household accounts, domestic manuals, surviving linen shirts and drawers, and Old Bailey Records