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Communal Institutions Of Domestic Life

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Urban and to a lesser extent rural administrators endeavoured to supply certain basic requirements for the public including, most prominently, a supply of water, which was a basic necessity, as well as certain less-essential but desired amenities. It would seem that in Frankish society in the East bathing became an acceptable part of daily life and a more frequent activity among Franks at all levels of society. It was considered a desirable and important privilege to be granted the use of a bathhouse. Fountains in towns were placed at gates and in the main thoroughfares to provide travellers and itinerant merchants with water for drinking and washing. At present there is no clear-cut evidence for the existence of an urban sewage system in any of the Frankish towns, but there are a number of localised finds in Acre suggesting that the Frankish town may have had such a system.

Keywords: communal bathhouse; domestic life; fountains; Frankish society; public water supply; urban sewage system



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