Eve's Herbs: A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West,
In Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance, John Riddle showed, through extraordinary scholarly sleuthing, that women from ancient Egyptian times to the fifteenth century had relied on an extensive pharmacopoeia of herbal abortifacients and contraceptives to regulate fertility. In Eve's Herbs, Riddle explores a new question: If women once had...more
I recommend it for anyone interested in old wise woman lore. The information is just as valuable today as it was hundreds of years ago.
Also, it gave an interesting chronology of pro-life vs pro-choice. To see how vastly the population's opinion of what constitutes life has changed over the years was enlightening.
This book is a great stepping stone to further research as well.