Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-Closet

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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? that sponges have sex? This book, says the author, "is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through". This book offers an excursion into the household's most private room. Informative and hilarious, it suggests that more may be learnt about the past from bathrooms than battlefields, and that patterns of social history may be mirrored in the bathwater or found locked in the water-closet.

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Who would have supposed that the Romans had insulated hot water pipes? That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water–closet? That Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? That sponges have sex? Clean and Decent, says the author, “is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through.” Engrossing and amusing, this classic illustrated history of the bathroom and water–closet, first published in 1960, suggests that more may be learned about the past from lavatories than from battlefields.

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