While many vowesses broke their chastity vows, Margaret Singleton’s case was different and remains an unsolved mystery.
Concerns about the sexualisation of young women appear even in the late Middle Ages.
John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
The story of the imposition of clerical celibacy in the Anglo-Norman realms.
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.
Aelred of Rievaulx’s writings help us to understand medieval experiences of sex and sexual desire.
The Rykener case gives voice to dissent in the form of political satire.