Of Hairy Armpits and Crowned Heads in History
Seeing an article about how women find it trendy to show their hairy armpits on Instagram (and knowing how such a thing can smell on a summer day) I couldn’t help myself but think of how many such trends have appeared and disappeared in the recent years – and how many of them are still around, or returning after a hiatus of a few decades. And people will follow these trends, as they have ever since the dawn of humanity, no matter if they are have any logic behind them or not. And hairy armpits made me think of a story I wanted to share with you.
Shaved armpits, and generally personal hygiene, is something that has been a part of our lives since before written history. Even our ancestors living in caves have taken baths once in a while. When we got more civilized, personal hygiene has become an increasingly important thing – look at the Romans, for example, with their public baths, public toilets and sewers. But there was a time in modern history that I consider the darkest age of personal hygiene, one that is usually known for its pompous etiquette and grand artistic achievements: the 17th Century. And the location was the Sun King’s palace itself, Versailles.
We can praise a lot of things about the Sun King’s palace, but hygiene is not one of them. For one, the famous park surrounding the palace had no toilets – noblemen and women were required to hide behind bushes when nature called. Personal hygiene was not one of the virtues of the noblesse usually present here – this was the time when the grattoir was invented after all: it was a fashion accessory similar to a small rake made of gold and ivory, used to scratch the noble heads hidden under the huge wigs so popular at these times, home for countless parasites, mind you.
But to best describe the hygienic habits of these times let me present you the “lever”, the waking ceremony of Louis XIV.
The chief butler would draw the curtains of the royal bedroom – the morning has come, time to wake the King. The King awakens – the lackeys open the bedroom doors, letting in all the noble men and women rated high enough to assist the ceremony. The King steps out of his bed, located at the center of the Versailles castle (just like the Sun is the center of the universe). He washes his hands… with a few drops of alcohol . That’s it.
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In the light of the personal hygiene disaster of the Sun King’s court, I think a bunch of hairy armpits are not such a big deal… don’t you?