Smell of the Middle Ages

On its website, Trivium Publishing offers suggestions for enjoying the medieval experience by using your sense of smell through an article entitled Smell of the Middle Ages by Jacquelyn Hodson.

"What did the Medieval world smell like? Was it as disgustingly ripe as we have sometimes been led to believe? Research indicates that the answer would appear to be...not quite. Life may have been less hygienic and more fetid than our modern sanitised world, but not irredeemably so."

The article looks at herablism, personal hygiene and culture of the Middle Ages and how these would affect the ambience of the time.