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The Medieval Vagina

Author: Karen Harris
ISBN: 9781500267612
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In the Middle Ages much like today, the vagina conjured fear and repulsion, yet it held an undeniable allure. In the Medieval Vagina, the authors explore this paradox while unearthing medieval myths, attitudes and contradictions surrounding this uniquely feminine and deeply mysterious organ. What euphemisms did medieval people have for the vagina? Did medieval women use birth control? How was rape viewed in the Middle Ages? How was the vagina incorporated into literature, poetry, music, and art? How did medieval women cope with menstruation? The Medieval Vagina delves into these topics, and others, while introducing the reader to a collection of fascinating medieval women - Pope Joan, Lady Frances Howard, Margery Kempe, Sister Benedetta Carlini, and Chaucer's Wife of Bath - who all shaped our view of the medieval vagina. The Medieval Vagina takes a quick-paced, humorous peek into the medieval world; a time when religious authority combined with newly-emerging science and medicine, classic literature, and folklore to form a deeply patriarchal society. It may have been a man's world, but the vagina triumphed over oppression and misogyny.