Medieval Moment: Bathing was not all that uncommon, and washing in particular was especially common. While it wasn’t very often than anyone could afford to spend the time and effort on filling a whole bath, in the summer people would make use of the rivers for cleaning up. Regardless, washing ones face, hands, and privates every day was expected. You can imagine how people would react today if you walked into a museum or even a mall with dirty hands and a dirty face, and the same was true of the Middle Ages. If you had a status to uphold, you washed up.
Now that you know all of this, you too can be annoyed by Medieval movies and tv shows where everyone’s face is covered in mud.