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The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women

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What Was Sex Like for a Medieval Woman?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? ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Mango
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Denise
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Ever wanted to know what medieval women got up to in the bedroom? Or got up to in order to avoid any sort of bedroom activities? Interested in what sort of questionable medical or nutritional advice was being dispensed to the lady plagued by various love life related troubles and ailments? All your questions (and then some) shall be answered in this surprisingly informative and highly entertaining read packed with anecdotes, fun facts and gossipy goodness on a subject rarely covered in history ...more
Malum
Nov 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Gilbert doesn't tell us much about the sex lives of medieval women. Instead, she does two things: first, she constantly reminds us of how disgusting she thinks men are. She doesn't just tell us of the terrible things medieval men did to women (which I 100% agree that they did), but she always has to add snide remarks and personal opinions to everything she says. The instances of Gilbert telling us something like "Of course he did this bad thing. He was a man, after all" got stale fast and vastly ...more
Lois
This was fun and delightful.
This should be titled The Very Secret Sex Lives of European Medieval Women.
This was funny and while including a section on intersex folks chooses not to address transgender folks.
However as much of the resdearch for this was not academically sourced the author probably never ran into such examples with the research sited.
Only the pictures have references. The facts aren't referenced at the end of each chapter. Or anywhere specifically really.
At the end of the book are
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Elizabeth Frey-Thomas
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Concise and clear research, interspersed with humor. Ms. Gilbert refutes many misconceptions about Medieval life for women, in an interesting manner, as well as laying out lots of information about what options, concerns, legal standing and protections women had regarding their own autonomy. Definitely an interesting read for most women, whether they have an interest in the time period or not.
Cav
Nov 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely terrible... I came upon this one by chance, and was interested to see where the author would take the writing.
I couldn't find anything about author Rosalie Gilbert online, other than her Facebook page, and her website, called "Rosalie's Medieval Women" .

Rosalie Gilbert :
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Despite having some rich material to work with, the writing here fell flat for me...
I didn't like the author's writing style; Gilbert writes in a tongue-in-cheek manner that I didn't feel worked for this book.
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Mickey Coleman
A most entertaining, informative and enjoyable read I have had in a very long time.
The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women can truly be classed a most excellent reference book for the feminine medieval re-enactor.
This delightful book has made me highly aware that the era Rosalie has thoroughly researched is a "Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."
This book well deserves its place on the high shelf of my medieval reference bookcase.
Kudos Rosalie on a book well created.
Crystal
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and horrifying all at once! If it werent for the references to actual historical documentation, theres some stuff that I wouldnt believe! All I can say is that Im fortunate to be a woman in todays world, the glass ceiling aint got nothing on what medieval woman experienced. That said, the author playfully discusses these things with a wicked sense of humour. Great read. ...more
Sam Wescott
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Mostly stuff that I already knew the bones of, but with a level of detail that made things really interesting. I did particularly enjoy the little story examples of people and couples trying to make do with the circumstances they lived in and weird rules they had to abide by. It got a little cheesy at times, but was mostly just a really fun way to conceptualize the absurdity of some of the problems and expectations of Medieval mingling.
Leia
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of interesting insights into what is normally a taboo subject. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Rosalies voice comes through clearly, and it feels like sitting and having a conversation with a good friend rather than reading a dry academic paper - but its every bit as well researched. ...more
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