Medieval Europe Before The Advent of The Black Moors of Africa

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Before the Advent of the Black Moors of Africa who ruled parts of Spain for 700 years there was Medieval Europe a classic rat hole. Until the Blacks came in from Africa and cleaned it up.

In this installment, we present to our readers an article from Pravda describing all that had been achieved in European history just before the advent of the Black Moors of Africa. The Black Moors of Africa gave the Europeans, African sciences (now falsely termed as western science), African commerce, African architecture, African culture, African governance, African libraries and African hygiene.

Other installment will do a comparison of the state of development attained by the medieval age Black Moors of Africa who built Granada, Cordoba, Toledo, and other cities of Southern Europe.

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The stench of medieval Europe still echoes today
22.01.2008

People normally associate different epochs with different smells. The Middle Ages smell of sewage and decaying bodies. German writer Patrick Suskind, the author of a well-known novel “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” wrote in his book that the stench of European cities in the late Middle Ages period was unbearable. His work conveys the terrible smell of human faeces and urine in the streets, decaying wood and rat dung, spoiled coal and animal fat, mouldy dust and chamber pots.

Stench used to be an inseparable part of all human activities, constructive or destructive. The Queen of Spain Isabel of Castle (the end of the 15th century) confessed that she had taken a bath only twice in a lifetime – when born and married. A daughter of one of French kings died of lice. Dysentery and scab caused fatal terminations to Popes Clement V and Clement VII correspondingly. Duke Norfolk neglected bathing for religious reasons. As a result of such disregard numerous abscesses dotted his body.

A billet-doux sent by the inveterate Don Juan Henry of Navarre to his sweetheart Gabrielle d’ Estrées became an anecdote. Its contents conveyed the following meaning: “Do not wash yourself, my sweetheart, I’ll visit you in three weeks”. The king himself took a bath only thrice in a lifetime, twice coercively.

Russian ambassadors at Louis XIV court wrote that His Majesty stunk like a wild animal. Europeans considered Russians perverts because it was a tradition for the latter to take steam baths once a month.

European cities were buried in sewage. Town residents splashed the contents of garbage pails and washtubs out into the street on the heads of carefree passers-by. Stagnated slops made stinking pools; and a great number of town pigs crowned the whole picture. People emptied chamber pots right out of their windows making streets look like cesspools. Bathrooms were the rarest luxury. Fleas, lice and bugs swarmed in rich and poor houses of London and Paris.

Unsanitary conditions, diseases and starvation personify medieval Europe as it was. Even the noble class could not afford to eat their fill. Noble families were happy if at best two or three of ten children survived. Delivery was quite an undertaking for women: a third part of them died in labor. Street illumination also was poor – oil lamps, splinters or wax candles at best. Hunger, smallpox, leprosy and syphilis disfigured people’s faces.

There were not any cleaning agents or the notion of personal hygiene in Europe up to the middle of the 19th century. One Italian nobleman said in his memoirs that in the 16th century it was impossible to walk along the streets that resembled a fetid stream of turbid water. He had to hold a scented handkerchief or a small bouquet to his nose not to vomit. But not only faeces poisoned the air. Butchers slaughtered and disembowel cattle right in the streets. They would scatter guts around and pour blood out onto the pavement.

In late Middle Ages people learned to process wastes and faeces. Urine, for example, was used to tan leather and bleach cloth, animals’ bones – to produce flour. In days of old painters placed barrels for urine near the farms, they used it to knead paints. In Ancient Rome they sold even the urine from latrines to wool dyers and leather tanners. What could not be processed was left in the street.

Rain was the only street cleaner in those times. And still, notwithstanding its sanitary function, rain was considered a providential punishment. Rains washed dirt out of all cracks, and raging sewage streams rushed through the streets. Just like this there appeared a small river Merderon in France (from French “merde” – shit).

If there were stinking funds in the country, in cities people defecated in narrow side streets and yards. Only after the ‘hydraulic revolution’ aqueducts and gutters appeared; they provided houses with water and removed the sewage.

People were not cleaner than the streets where they lived. “Water baths warm the body, but weaken the organism and widen pores. That’s why they can be dangerous and cause different diseases, even death”, a medical treaty of the 16th century runs. Medieval doctors thought that infectious air could penetrate through the cleaned pores. Owing to this cause all social bathhouses were abolished. In 15-16th centuries rich citizens had a bath at least twice a year, in the 17-18th centuries they decidedly stopped to wash themselves. The French king Louis XIV had a bath only twice in his life on doctors’ advice. But the procedure shocked the sovereign so, that he made a vow not to do it anymore.

All hygienic arrangements included only hands and mouth rinsing, but not the whole face. “By no means you should wash your face, – wrote medics in the 16th century, – as it can cause catarrh or weaken the eyesight.” As for women, they had a bath only two or three times a year.

The majority of aristocrats used scented rags to rub the body. It was recommended to moisten armpits and groin with rose water. Men wore small bags with fragrant herbs between the shirt and waistcoat. Women used only fragrant powder.

Medieval ‘neat’ persons often changed their clothes. They considered that it absorbs all dirt and cleans the body. But our ancestors were rather selective on this issue. Clean starched shirt for every day was a privilege for rich people only. That is why white crimped collars and cuffs that were the evidence of wealth and cleanliness of their owners became fashionable. Poor men neither washed nor changed their clothing. Most of them had only one shirt. No wonder – clothes were extremely expensive. The cheapest canvas shirt and one milk cow, for example, had the same price.

Source: Pravda.Ru URL:

http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/103574-stench-0

Translated by Ksenia Sedyakina
Pravda.ru


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58 thoughts on “Medieval Europe Before The Advent of The Black Moors of Africa”

  1. DNA Evidence of the Black Moors in Spain:

    “Human mitochondrial DNA diversity in an archaeological site in al-Andalus: Genetic impact of migrations from North Africa in medieval Spain

    Mitochondrial DNA sequences and restriction fragment polymorphisms were retrieved from three Islamic 12th-13th century samples of 71 bones and teeth (with >85% efficiency) from Madinat Baguh (today called Priego de Cordoba, Spain). Compared with 108 saliva samples from the present population of the same area, the medieval samples show a higher proportion of sub-Saharan African lineages that can only partially be attributed to the historic Muslim occupation. In fact, the unique sharing of transition 16175, in L1b lineages, with Europeans, instead of Africans, suggests a more ancient arrival to Europe from Africa. The present day Priego sample is more similar to the current south Iberian population than to the medieval sample from the same area. The increased gene flow in modern times could be the main cause of this difference. Am J Phys Anthropol 2006. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

    The Link:

    http://www.bio.uio.no/forskning/db01-news/internet/html/nr100025.html

  2. what these white light weights keep intentionaly ignoring is the meaning of the words that they are usiing.the word berber does not denote a race; it is a term given to a groupe of people ; derived from the word barbarian. this is a brief explanation ; look up the etymology. As well the word arab does not denote a race; it also is a appelation given to a PEOPLE to define their way of living: nomadic and in a arid or desert environment.. now here is what you racist whites refuse to accept. THE ORIGINAL BERBER AND THE ORIGIN ARABS ; HELLO / WHERE BLACK. PERIOD .why?because north africa IS { DISPITE YOUR WARP MIND SET; ] IN AFRICA. Those blacks whom decided to live out side the main cites of ancient africa where given these names it had nothing to do with thier race . The reason north africa had and has today a lighter or {semitic] which means mixed with; or half of ; {semi] half . is because they are mixed with the original indiginous blacks whom has lived there from the drawn of time . No one would augue that the indians of north america are the original people of america{ rather they were red or black} thats an other story;yet it took less than ywo hundred year to wipe out ; absorb or other wise displace these people; so much so that even a hundred years ago one would hardly recognize them as the original people. Besides that ; let us say for your auguement that the berber and arabs are a race . Ok / were did they get their learning that they could take it into spain. Remember they were normadic tribes ; at constant war with each other. They would have had to have gotten their learning from an exsisting and stable sourse ; namely black kemit as well as timbuktu which were black empires.

  3. closing technique question spells from europe,,,,,,,,,why was morrocco established in 1950,why was amazigh the name of whats called morocco,are you saying the europeanswere from africa in origin,there are three kinds of berbers in morocco ,you know that ,why are talikng only about the ones who live up in the mountains,whateven makes no sennse ,man kind is the grafted caucasion period we are man,all of the positive blood people who invaded come from monkeys an grafting.yes they stole the fez they still wear an mothers suns in tribute.nonsense makes no sense.slavs make slaves an angelo soliman taught ya what you know in rome.keep coming here to learn about your self an the lies your forefathers have told you.what isakebulan do you know ,the reverse etymology thats used for tricks with no treat.who sends you to these blogs to dispute that which you have no knowledge of,the ones who lies an told you you come from a phallus of a male god an not a womb.we shouldnt have towaste energy telling you what you already know just those who have gone for your faith an hope ponzi sceme on their own land.faithis the substance of things hoped for ,but facts end hope,if you have to ask weak closing technique questions which always begin with why then it shows an effort to hide an block reality an reduce it t a derivitive truth originated by fiction fantasy an the trading of places in time of wombman an mankind ,kind of a man,that question ,,why doesnt mankind ,,mankind only been on this planet 6000 years so thats all you know.we have nbeen here for over 100,000 years al least an you telling us where we come from,whats nonsense an who is the criminal.stopwith these real estate techniques or lawyer techniques cause it show that you are lying an know reality ,so you come here to try an hide an divide it.you havent studied anymore than what you have been told ,you are not white if your skin is pale red ruddy mystic amazon turk looking.thats wqhat you are not white

  4. what is the geneology of isis,book of genesis ,rewritten book of isis.white comes through 1600-1611 king james bible,thats your origin to white ,we the moors were the free white sovereign nobles ,nobility ,land ownership landlord ,you know damn well what it means an that monkey you said was obama comes from his mothers side, your side mankind positive blood types which carry diseases.you know this an this is why you featured this in the post to hide the fact of who really comes from monkeys an its not the black people like you told them its you.dont come here now trying to steal moorish knowledge an anything more that the ones we raised an civilized an taught how to be ,to being to be human. we will no longer accept anything from you but what is ours ,tribute praise a repsect.you taught an bought nothing to the planet but christianized roman commerce chattel slavery we are under today,

  5. Interesting, you seem to present that information as a revelation. However, I was raised in the UK and I can tell you we learned all this in history class – how the Moors brought civilization, culture and a respect for learning back to Europe. How a rediscovery of Arab culture prompted the renaissance…no biggy.

    There’s still a joke Australians tell about the English…something about hiding your cash under the bar of soap.

  6. Europeans and their descendants will always deny and deny that the original Moors and Egyptians were dark brown skinned, that is, Black.

    They will never ever recognize that the original Moors and Egyptians they learned so much from were of the same race as the other dark brown skinned people of Africa, that is the Black race.

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