John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
Tag: medieval medicine
Bad for the Soul, Good for the Body: Religion, Medicine and Masturbation in the Middle Ages
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.
Death by Celibacy: Sex, Semen and Male Health in the Middle Ages
Medieval priests were not supposed to have sex, but medical theory suggested that celibacy could kill them.