Passionate Encounters, Public Healing Medieval Urban Bathhouses in Northern France
This article focuses on the resurgence of urban bathhouses (called estuves in French after the stoves that heated them) between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries in Paris and other northern French-speaking cities. Popular and widespread institutions, bath-houses contributed to both individual well-being and civic health in cities across the king-dom. Using medical treatises, trial records, literary sources, and archival documentation, the article argues that bathhouses encouraged sociability, brought disparate groups together, and were in fact essential to the circulation and well-being of people in medieval cities as places of emotional community.
Wurtzel, Ellen. 2023. "Passionate Encounters, Public Healing Medieval Urban Bathhouses in Northern France." French Historical Studies 46(3): 331-360.
Duke University Press
French Historical Studies
Middle Ages, Emotions, History, Prostitution, Cleanliness, Stews, City