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Beauty, Health & Hygiene
the fashionable lady's look for the bulk of the medieval period was
as follows- high forehead, plucked eyebrows, small even teeth, a fair
complexion, long neck, narrow chest, low sloping shoulders, high small
waist and in some cases, a prominent stomach.
Health and Hygiene
One of the first manuals of feminine beauty
written at Salerno and is widely believed to be that of the lady physician
and author, Trotula de Ruggiero from the 11th century. Trotula was credited
to be the author of three treatises, but according to Henrietta Leyser
in her book Medieval Women- A Social History of Women in England
450 - 1500, the authorship of them is doubtful. Although
Trota did write on the subject in The Practice According To Trota,
it is believed that Trota herself did not write any of the works widely
credited to her. Her treatise was little known in Europe and not translated
into any vernacular. Henrietta Leyser goes on to explain where the texts
are believed to have originated and why. Those treatises are known as-
Trotula A, Trotula B (which is distinctive for its large
number of cosmetic recipes for the face and hair), and Trotula C
or The Book of Rota.
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