other medieval hygiene stuff that, for some inexplicable reason I know about - romans of course built amazing baths with plumbing and hot water and stuff, but another way that they kept clean was using oil. they’d slather themselves in oil and then scrape it and all the dirt off, because dirt would get picked up by the oil (this is what cold cream used to be!) and subsequently they were also exfoliated and their hair conditioned! so later after the roman empire went kaput and the british isles did their subroman period, oil wasn’t as abundant but it was still a pretty common practice among non-serfs. rich people: always managed to be less smelly.
Old English belongs to the Germanic language family, first brought to the British Isles in the fifth and sixth centuries by the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. The Germanic dialects they spoke would become known as Anglo-Saxon.