Contrary to popular belief, people in the Middle Ages did indeed bathe regularly. While the frequency of bathing varied depending on the individual and their social class, the idea that people in the Middle Ages never bathed is a myth.
Medieval people had a different concept of cleanliness and hygiene than modern society. They did not have access to the same technology and resources for personal hygiene, and the idea of bathing for the purpose of cleanliness was not as widespread as it is today. However, they still had an understanding of the importance of cleanliness and did bathe regularly.
The wealthy and upper classes had access to indoor plumbing and heated water, and they would bathe in large wooden tubs. They would also have a personal maid or servant to assist them with washing and grooming. The lower classes and people living in rural areas would have bathed less frequently, but still bathed in rivers, streams, or communal bathhouses.
Additionally, people in the Middle Ages also took regular sponge baths and used perfumes, oils, and herbs to maintain personal hygiene. They also understood the importance of cleanliness for health and would have practiced some form of personal hygiene such as washing their hands and face regularly.
In summary, people in the Middle Ages did indeed bathe regularly, and the idea that they never bathed is a myth. They had a different concept of cleanliness and hygiene but still understood the importance of personal hygiene and would have practiced some form of personal hygiene.