And, most significant for our purposes, the water must be "living" water.
In the 4th and 5th centuries CE, 'fathers of the Christian Church' such as Clement and Jerome condemned excessive attendance at the public baths, and attendance for pleasure.
Like the nonsensical idea that spices were used to disguise the taste of rotten meat, the idea that bathing was forbidden and/or wiped out between the fall of Rome and the Enlightenment has been touted by many gullible writers, including magazine. medieval nobility routinely washed their hands before and after meals.
However, even the Smithsonian in the person of Jay Stuller has to admit that "Gregory the Great, the first monk to become pope, allowed Sunday baths and even commended them, so long as they didn't become a 'time-wasting luxury' . Etiquette guides of the age insisted that teeth, face and hands be cleaned each morning.
The Romans were famous for their baths, and they brought them even into Gaul and Britain.
While Roman manors often had their own smaller private bath-houses, the Roman public generally frequented relatively inexpensive public baths.