Toilet Exhibit Eliminates Speculation About Medieval Sanitation

A Paris exhibit of medieval toilets and sanitation proves that people of the Middle Ages were more advanced than once thought. A 15th century water closet, pleasantly-soft plant leaves, and fern-ash and egg white shampoo are some of the medieval products on display at a Paris exhibition on sanitation in the Middle Ages. While the garderobe is the main topic of discussion, others include recipes for soap and the best materials for toilet paper.

Read Hugh Schofield's article on the website.

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Editor's note: Honestly, we hadn't set out to do a series on "faecal matter in the Middle Ages!" It just happens to have worked out that way this week!