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[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 5px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Today in history, we have the benefits of modern day hygiene. With different soap brands, shampoos, and modern day sanitation, there shouldn’t be any reason for people not to live in a sanitary environment. Imagine if you lived in the Middle Ages (400-1400 AD), when sanitation was scarce, and you had to be lucky enough to be born in a Royal family to have access to hot water. It almost seems alien-like to fathom a time period when there were limited methods for staying clean.[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]In Medieval England, the Black Death (also known as Bubonic Plague) killed 1.5 million people out of a total 4 million people between the years 1348 and 1350. This was a time period when medical knowledge was non existent, and public health was never available! Royal families bathed more than most, as some kings would have special rooms set aside for bathing. As for the commoners, they were lucky to submerge themselves in plain water with a rag, because gathering clean water was very difficult at the time. Several people may enjoy the bath before water was thrown out![/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Bad hygiene and lack of proper sewage methods were a definite factor of the Black Death, without a doubt. However, London for example was a crowded, bustling city with a population of around 70,000. The sanitation in London was extremely poor and living conditions were filthy. The River Thames brought more ships and infection into the city, which spread across the entire country of England. With that being said, it wasn’t unusual for as many as 12 people to sleep on the floor together, because many commoner families spent time together in small quarters! Living conditions for those living in the Medieval age were difficult. Homes were typically cold, damp, and dark. The only light and fresh air that would come from an open door. [/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]By the end of the plague, one out of five residents died in London. It was a horrific tragedy enacted on a massive scale. However, a new study shows for 200 years after the Black Death struck in the 14th century, living conditions in London improved and life spans lengthen. Birthrates apparently didn’t change between the period before and after the Black Death. People’s diets improved after the disease faded, and many people were able to live longer lives than their predecessors. The quality in life improved, lower food prices, and higher wages came out of the pandemic, and it could be that all of this happened because there was a smaller population.[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Coming back to the 21st century, it is safe to say that this is the preferred time period to be in, as medical technology and modern living conditions keep out potential diseases.[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 10px;”][x_widget_area sidebar=”sidebar-main” ][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]