Author's Note: How do deodorants keep you from stinking?
As a writer of history and a student of science, personal hygiene through the ages has always intrigued me. I can't watch a period movie, such as "Pride and Prejudice," or a TV series, such as "Game of Thrones," without wondering what people smelled like under their perfumed wigs or armor. Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen might look beautiful on TV, but if they lived during the time of the Seven Kingdoms, they probably smelled like rotten dragon eggs. While the Romans spent countless hours in bathhouses, medieval knights and princesses wanted nothing to do with taking a bath. In fact, for centuries the people of Europe did almost everything they could to stay dirty. They "washed" their hair with powder and then combed it out. If they did bathe, it was once a year. We've come a long way, thank goodness. For the record, I just showered and slathered my stick deodorant under both pits.
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