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An inside look at sexual practices in medieval England.

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, body, and who did or didn't get up close and personal with it? No. And yes. It's complicated.

Romance, courtship, and 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 Women, a fascinating book about life during medieval times, you will discover tantalizing true stories about medieval women and a myriad of historical facts.

©2020 Rosalie Gilbert (P)2020 Tantor

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Very Well Done!

I don't usually review books but I just had to for this one! The content was interesting, hilarious, terrifying and so SO well researched! The author is so knowledgeable about this period, I have been a fan of her website (which I highly suggest you visit) for a long time, so I knew the book would be good and I was not disappointed! I would highly recommend this to any history lover! Unlike other books about life in mideval times that drone on and on and on, making them very easy to fall asleep to, this book was wonderful and kept my interest from beginning to end, the narrator was fantastic as well!!!!!

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Good book but lack of consistent open mindedness

I loved the book up to the chapter over transgender individuals. Considering how respectful and thoughtful the chapter over intersex people was, you wouldn't expect an entire other chapter calling a trans man a woman repeatedly and not once giving his story the depth and complexity of the other stories she tells. It would have been better to not include a trans man in a book about women if the proper context wasn't going to be placed around him. Deeply disrespectful, sadly such a good book otherwise.

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  • 06-29-21

worst narrator

worst narrator I have ever experienced. too many attempts at humour to wade through to get to the decent historical content.