With the time difference — England is 5 hours ahead of the Eastern US — I can, if I want, put up my blog in the morning when North Americans are still asleep. But not tomorrow. And I forgot to prepare. But no, I wasn't procrastinating; simply overlooking the practicalities.
So first, about things I skirt around when I write historicals.
The biggie — dentistry. Or the lack of. There's no aspect of it that's good in the past, IMO. Treatment was unpleasant. Not getting treatment was unpleasant. Queen Elizabeth I suffered from rotten teeth for most of her later years. One of the pharoes died of an infected tooth.Charlie and Billy are celebrating not having any teeth at all. Though they've been known to look longingly at pizza.
Mind you, it's interesting to wonder how many people had good teeth. Apparently some people are naturally resistant to dental caries, so they don't get cavities.
There's also the question of uneven teeth. I had a debate with another writer once because she claimed that even teeth were an anachronism before orthodonty. That's silly. For one thing, I have even teeth and braces never came near my mouth.
So on that basis, my characters all have cavity-free, even teeth. So there.
There's an article here that supports some of my rose-tinted view, though some of the treatments mentioned support it in another way!
What are the okay bodily details?
My characters do use the chamber pot or convenient bushes if appropriate — or a close stool as shown for preference — and my female characters menstruate if the story lasts longer than a month and they're not pregnant or strongly breastfeeding. And if they're breastfeeding, they will sometimes leak milk.
You can have a close stool of your own. That one is from a company that makes reproductions of all sorts. A fascinating collection. Click here.
The occasional reader prefers that such things don't get a mention in a romance.
So what are the day-to-day things you prefer not to see in a historical romance.
And are there some you prefer to see, where you notice the lack?
Here on the south Devon coast we've had virtually no snow, but we now have a hard frost. It's quite pretty, but it can go now. *G* Come to think of it, I don't have many romantic snow scenes in my books. I much prefer blossoms and birds.