If medieval women lived today, they'd still be
thinking about sex the way we do.
Margaret would be updating her status
to "in a relationship with God" while her disappointed
husband changed his from "just married" to "it's
complicated." Margery would be picking up the ingrediants
for a sexy night in and doing some special baking. Perhaps
Rose might be stopping off at a sex shop for some quality alone
time supplies. Alice would still not be walking home in the dark
for fear of being molested and Anne might be facing her abusive
husband in court. The church would still be on its soapbox loudly
telling women what they could and couldn't do with their own bodies.
The intimate lives of medieval women
were as complex as ours today with very little being clear cut.
Having sex was complicated. Not having sex, was even more so.
Hundreds of years separate the very
secret sex lives of medieval women and the sex lives of modern
women. Only the actual women have changed.
Fans of the Time Traveller's
Guide to Medieval England, Medieval Women and Terry
Jonses's Medieval Lives will meet real women and hear their
voices in The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women.
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