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Abbey Medieval Festival

July 2 @ 8:30 am July 4 @ 4:30 pm

(Author of The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women) Rosalie Gilbert joins the Abbey Museum to welcome thousands of Medieval Festival visitors.

This 2021 Festival will include a Medieval Family Fun Day on Friday 2nd July, especially for families and kids. Then on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th, July will be the Tournament Weekend. Keep up-to-date on these events by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Facebook and Instagram.



The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women

An Inside Look at Women & Sex in Medieval Times

An inside look at sexual practices in medieval times. 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 women. 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.

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