What role did sex play in medieval marriages, and did spouses owe each other a ‘marital debt’?
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The sixth century saw the emergence of a new understanding of the concept of incest, which was swiftly legislated in both secular and canon law.
Concerns about sexualisation of young women appear even in the late Middle Ages.
Interview by Katherine Harvey In The Manly Priest: Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform in England and Normandy, 1066-1300, Jennifer Thibodeaux tells the story of the imposition of clerical celibacy in the Anglo-Norman realms. For much of the medieval period, priests in both England and Normandy were not only permitted to marry, but […]
Lietbert was renowned for his piety, and in particular his sexual continence.
Perhaps sometimes a ‘gay bulge’ is just a gae bolga.
Rachel Moss In May 1482, a harried Richard Cely wrote from London to his younger brother George, who was working in Calais. Three months earlier, in the midst of Shrovetide celebrations (a time of raucous good cheer before the privations of Lent), he had had a sexual encounter with their […]