On the Vltava river
About this «ban» the Renaissance in Europe you get a live performance, after reading a fascinating novel Людо Зубека «Dr. Есениус». It provides pictures of the Czech Republic the beginning of the XVII century. Among his heroes outstanding scientists - astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, a wonderful doctor Yang Есениус.
On pages of the novel we find a description of the Royal bath in Prague on the Vltava river, near the Stone bridge. Here are some interesting fragments of the novel, giving representation about the baths.
When Есениус and Brahe entered in the bath, they immediately fell over the cloud of hot steam. In a thick fog quickly scurried back and forth guys with buckets. They brought the cold water and put it in boilers, arranged in a row. Есениус stopped in the doorway, interested in the work of the банщиков. Two guys naked naked huge iron pincers with a wooden handle removed from the furnaces of large, white-hot stones and threw them to the boilers. The water in boilers hissed like a snake, and a head банщиков disappeared in a cloud of steam. From time to time one of the guys put his hand into the water and tried to whether or not it is hot. When it seemed to him that the water is ready, he nodded called his partner, and together they removed the stones from the boiler and lay on the stone floor, where the stones immediately dried up. Then put the stones back in the oven. Meanwhile the other guys, which were only leather aprons Yes shoes with wooden soles scoop buckets of hot water and it was in an enormous room, intended for washing, - there was heard the chatter and laughter.
The king's baths different one peculiarity: if in other baths visitors washed by two in one the tub, then here, each had their own, and it was luxury.
Банщик put two tubs next, and two others - on the contrary, so that Есениус was next to Tycho Brahe, and Бахачек - with Kepler. Now they have seen each other and able to talk.
The water was warm, but even nicer were concerns lovers: he red-rubbed each washcloth, and then how it should be slapped all over her shoulders and back.
«With Brahe already flowing streams of sweat, but the old scientist only approvingly groaned. He suffered from a disease of the kidney, and the warm water was affecting him very beneficial: the pain immediately disappeared. When банщик Ter him, and lashing, he moaned and sighed, but when this was smiling.
When you finished with this procedure, банщик left and returned in a moment, carrying four short smooth boards, which he placed on the edge of the vats.
What is it? Why? - asked Есениус, still not knowing the local customs.
- This table, explained the Tycho Brahe.
- And on the tables will appear then that should be on them to be, " laughed Бахачек, had already managed quietly wink банщику.
Банщик immediately brought a pitcher of excellent by IU of wine and filled his four pewter goblet.
Освежившись thus, scientists are again able to talk about things that all of them were interested in».