Originally posted on 7.13.16: One thing you'll never see explored or even mentioned in any historical film is the level of hygiene available to the main characters. I realize that nobody wants to hear this stuff, but can I at least write one short article about it? We're all so accustomed to living in total hygienic splendor (huge bathrooms, dynamic showers, exotic soaps, dandified deodorants, perfumes, facial cremes, hair gels) that we tend to forget or ignore how unclean and smelly things were in the old days, especially before the 19th Century.