Medieval medicine was both different from and similar to modern medicine. All other positions and sexual acts were considered sodomy ; the charge of sodomy was so serious that it would have been tried in the secular court and possibly been subject to a death sentence. Although sexual activity was circumscribed due to a lack of birth control and because of its association with sin, sex was still an important part of life and enjoyed a prominent place in conversation and literature, as well as the bedroom. O si corpus meum terre fuisset creditum usque ad optatum tuum reditum, aut si translatio mihi concederetur Abacuc, ut semel venissem illuc, ut vultum amantis inspexissem, et tunc non curarem si ipsa hora mortua fuissem! Maeyken left her husband to go to Zeeland and married Bertelmina under the name Abraham Joosten. People strongly disapproved of women like this in the renaissance.
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She must wash her secret parts with this water in the morning and at bedtime, up to nine days" or, if that will take too long, to "take nutmeg and grind [it] to a powder; put it in that place and [her virginity] will be restored immediately" Caballero-Navas, Attitudes to sex and sexuality in Britain since the Renaissance. A practice that may have only been extant in literature, and never actually applied, courtly love has as its focal point the [male] lover's adoration of a lady, who is either sympathetic to her wooer or standoffish dangereuse and unattainable. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. New Patterns in Feminist Spiritualityed. That description is very carefully circuitous. To Luther, virginity or abstinence from sex were abnormal conditions which could be overcome by marriage, which was just as necessary to men as eating and drinking.