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Q. about the Spanish Inquisition

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Kasthu
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Q. about the Spanish Inquisition

Post by Kasthu » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 6:36 pm

I do part-time work reading and writing reader's reports on manscripts for a literary agent here in New York. The MSS I'm reading right now is a novel about the Spanish Inquisition (set specifically in Toledo in the late 15th century). In the opening scene, the author has a character (the person being interrogated) drinking water--described as "cool and clear." The fifteenth century isn't really my period, but for some reason this struck me as being anachronistic. Any thoughts/ expertise to shed light on the subject?

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Post by Volgadon » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 8:29 pm

Why? Cool, clear water is very important in hot climes. One of the greatest things a philanthropist in the Muslim world of the time could do to was to build water fountains for the public.

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Post by donroc » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 9:18 pm

The Spaniards loved their water, except for bathing, which was a Jewish and Muslim practice. Agua muy rica, the water is very rich, was a common expression throughtout Spain over the centuries.
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Post by Margaret » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 11:06 pm

I've often heard that in some parts of Europe in past centuries, people avoided drinking water alone, but always mixed it with wine or drank beer or ale instead of water, because water supplies might be tainted. I can't say if that's true or not. Of course, no one knew about bacteria or viruses then, but if a water supply was full of cholera germs, for example, it would be easy enough for people to make the connection that people died after drinking from it. I'm inclined to think practices would vary quite a bit across Europe, depending on people's experiences with their own water supply. Water has always been very precious to desert peoples, so it seems likely to me that the Moors in Spain would be more careful with their water supply than other Europeans might with theirs, and that care might have influenced how Spaniards, generally, handled water supplies.
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Post by Volgadon » Sun January 4th, 2009, 1:20 pm

And fountains were a feature of city plannning, if one could call it that.

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Post by donroc » Sun January 4th, 2009, 1:49 pm

The Spaniards drank chocolate and water and almond flavored water in the 17th century.

Instead of washing with water, many used the white of an egg to cleanse their faces. I have tried it as an experiment, and it does cleanse the pores.
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