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1. Bathkeepers as providers of an early “wellness culture”

Bathing became popular in medieval Europe under the influence of cultural encounters (via Crusades and long-distance trade). Urbanization brought the establishment of public baths, at first in towns (e.g. Fulda, mid-12th …

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Sander, Sabine, “Bathkeeper”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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