While many vowesses broke their chastity vows, Margaret Singleton’s case was different and remains an unsolved mystery.
Concerns about sexualisation of young women appear even in the late Middle Ages.
John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.
‘Virginity is often lost and chastity outraged without any commerce with another’.
The Rykener case gives voice to dissent in the form of political satire.
Lietbert was renowned for his piety, and in particular his sexual continence.