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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. An inside look at sexual practices in the medieval world. Were medieval women slaves to their husband's desires, jealously secured in a chastity belt in his absence?

Was sex a duty or could it be a pleasure? Did a woman have a say about her own female sexuality, her own body, and who did or didn't get up close and personal with it? And yes. It's complicated. Let's look behind closed doors. The intimate lives of medieval women were as complex as for modern woman. They loved and lost, hoped and schemed, were lifted up and cast down. They were hopeful and lovelorn. Some had it forced upon them, others made aphrodisiacs and dressed for success. Some were chaste and some were lusty.

Having sex was complicated. Not having sex, was even more so. Inside The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Womena fascinating book about life during medieval times, you will discover tantalizing true stories about medieval women and a myriad of historical facts. Learn about: The experiences of Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert from all classes, including women who made history The dos and don'ts in the bedroom Sexy foods and how to have them All you need to know for your wedding night, and well as insider medical advice How to get pregnant and how not toand more Fans of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval EnglandMedieval 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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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 27, Petra X is sailing back to civilization tomorrow rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewsreadhistoryreviewedpopculture-anthropologysex. Most countries, most religions, most laws, most of recorded time have been directed at controlling women, at curtailing any self-determination that does not fit in with the will of men. It hasn't changed, in fact it getting worse with women who are attempting to protect some of the gains we've made being insulted if not cancelled, and other freedoms and rights just lost without any ability to protest against them.

Sauce for the g Most countries, most religions, most laws, most of recorded time have been directed at controlling women, at curtailing any self-determination that does not fit in with the will of men. Sauce for the goose, as Shylock should have said hide spoiler ] This review is a rant very much inspired by the book.

This book is not really about the sex lives of medieval women, but about their lives from the point of view of how they were controlled. What they could do as unmarried, married and widowed women in religion, personal lives and business with a concentration on who they were allowed sex with. In most countries and cultures in the 21st C they still can't.

Maybe hooking up on a Saturday night is not a decision most women ever get to make. Women who were on their own without means of earning money or just fancied the easier way and became prostitutes or were suspected of being so from the usual gossip - which women as much as men indulge in 'she's a slut', 'she slept with No one was ever going to marry them.

Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert

Old prostitutes average life expectancy for women then was only 43 years had not much chance of business so it was either savings or going to live in a nunnery having repented, prayers five times a day, no social life, hard work but food, clothing and shelter and she might find a 'friendly' nun! Because religion controlled everything, a woman was able, even in marriage to say God spoke to her and told her to be chaste.

So that was that, her husband couldn't touch her and she couldn't have sex. Unless of course he raped her which wasn't likely to cause him any problems. In most countries of the world today, a man has conjugal rights and if he takes them without consent, that is not considered any kind of offence.

These ancient laws always made me wonder how the myth of a Virgin birth could possibly be. I guess sex was just so distasteful to the early Church father who linked it to 'purity' that was the only way they could explain the Son of God. It was then, it still is, hardly any men get reported, and only a tiny minorited prosecuted, and a miniscule percentage actually convicted.

In the US out of every 1, cases of sexual assault reported by women, only 25 men will be convicted. It is thought that less than one third of cases are reported, so out of 3, cases of assault, 0.

Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert

In the UK it is worse. The police only prosecuted 1.

Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert

I didn't see a figure for convictions. If the majority of the police force, the Crown prosecution service and the judiciary were women, I don't think we would be seeing such a flippant attitude towards sexual assault on women. So back to Medieval times. Rape was treated much the same as now. Accuse a man and get it as far as court, what a joke, you were a slag, you should be fined for wasting the court's time and besmirching the good name of the man.

Or, the easy get out, the papers were not correctly filled in and filed - women were not educated by and large so they would have to pay a man to fill them in and if he didn't do it correctly, there you go. Another man set free.

Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert

Another woman fined. Report a robbery or destruction of property and now as then, you have more chance of succeeding in the court than reporting the sexual taking and assault on your own body without your consent. There was another issue. A woman who got pregnant through rape, couldn't have been raped. It was thought that both a woman and man must orgasm for a baby to be conceived. So she couldn't possibly have been raped.

Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert

Just a slag trying to explain away why she willingly slept with a man she wasn't married to. The author swings between amusement at the various remedies for women's problems, and for engendering lust in either sex, birth control, abortions and bitterness, both disguised by a jocular tone of voice. Hildegard von Bingena stunningly clever polymath, abbess, businesswoman and author and very much a hero of mine was much quoted. If the whole book had been written with the reverse pronouns and printed as dystopian fiction someone might have thought making a film of it would have been a good idea.

But that was the reality of women, dystopian much. The book was exceedingly well-researched and written. The somewhat jocular tone of the author jarred a bit at first, but it became a kind of 'making the best of it' tone of voice. The author kept her solid research interesting and Older ladys wanting sex Gilbert good read, when in other hands it could easily have been text-book dry.

I look forward to reading her future books. Notes on reading view spoiler [The careful research and jocular tone of the writing seems at odds. I'm hoping for something a bit spicy, like what they got up to that was 'very secret' and not like all the wives and strumpets no other women, the virgins and widows, were 'allowed' to have sex were having. Revelations of what they got up to with their husbands and lovers that had to remain secret. Until now! View all 27 comments.

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