Category Archives: Science and Hygiene at the Court of Louis XIV

More Ape Than Any Ape

  Count of Toulouse, an illegitimate, but the most agreeable of the king’s sons, kept an ape in his house. One winter afternoon, the ape, perhaps feeling a little cold, went over to the fire-place and stirred the coals with … Continue reading

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Liquid And Dry Hygiene

What is a dry hygiene? Imagine a naked sheep-nomad sitting outside of his yurt with a bone scraper. What is he up to? He is scraping the old mutton grease which has been protecting his skin against the parasites and applying a fresh … Continue reading

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