Clean and decent: the fascinating history of the bathroom & the water closet and of sundry habits, fashions & accessories of the toilet principally in Great Britain, France, & America

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Penguin, Oct 26, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 281 pages
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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 IV had cushions in his bath? This informative and hilarious book leads the reader to believe that more may be learned about the past from bathrooms than from battlefields, and that patterns of social history are mirrored in the bathwater.

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Review: Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and WC

User Review  - Nicola - Goodreads

A thoroughly enjoyable look at the history of bathrooms, toilets, plumbing, drainage and hygiene. It can be difficult to follow the structure of this book, as it does tend to jump around in time and ... Read full review

Review: Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and WC

User Review  - Jerry Smith - Goodreads

Not bad. Always interesting to read books written in the 60s as they seem so much less engaging that modern prose. This book discusses the development of washing essentially. Many intereting facts but ... Read full review

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MAN BECOMES HOUSETRAINED
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OMNIA COMMODA
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in THE ODOUR OF SANCTITY
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