Clean [Reading]

Katherine Ashenburg's unsanitised history of washing, read by Tamsin Greig.

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01*20080602

Our obsession with bathing started with the Romans and the Greeks, who competed to see who could build the biggest baths.

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Our obsession with bathing started with the Romans and the Greeks, who competed to see who could build the biggest baths.

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The major religions had vastly differing views on cleanliness, but did a dirty body necessarily mean a cleaner soul?

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The major religions had vastly differing views on cleanliness, but did a dirty body necessarily mean a cleaner soul?

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In the 18th century it became fashionable not to wash.

It was understood that the best way to keep clean was to keep changing the linen and splashing the perfume.

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In the 18th century it became fashionable not to wash.

It was understood that the best way to keep clean was to keep changing the linen and splashing the perfume.

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Public baths arrived during the Victorian age.

As the gap between the great unwashed and the great perfumed narrowed, a class-ridden society came under threat.

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Public baths arrived during the Victorian age.

As the gap between the great unwashed and the great perfumed narrowed, a class-ridden society came under threat.

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Americans became obsessed with beauty products in the 20th century.

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Americans became obsessed with beauty products in the 20th century.