At the edge of reason: shaving and razors in 18th-century Britain

Shaving's history is richer than you might think, and has links with technological progress, the Enlightenment, and the vagaries of fashion, as Alun Withey and Chris Evans explain

An aquatint shows barbers at work, with varying degrees of success. (Wellcome Collection)

This article was first published in the February 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine

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