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Doing Laundry in the Middle Ages

This week, Danièle gets down and dirty on medieval laundry. Who washed the clothes in the Middle Ages? How did they do it? And why was it so dangerous?

Want to know more about doing laundry in the Middle Ages? Check out “A Marginal Occupation? The Medieval Laundress and her Work,” by Carole Rawcliffe, from Gender and History – you can access the article from the Wiley Online Library. The books talked about in this week’s episode include The Distaff Gospels and The Good Wife’s Guide.


See also the documentary series Secrets of the Castle:

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Top Image: Woman washing laundry in the 14th century – Cod. Pal. germ. 794 fol 30v


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