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Meet Rosalie Gilbert
August 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rosalie Gilbert (author of The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women) kick off a series of Author Talks with the Sunnybank Hills Library.
Join author and researcher Rosalie Gilbert as she shares her discoveries about medieval women, sexual health, contraception, legal rights, legal loopholes and look at the ways we know about what happened in the past. Rosalie will share herbal manuscripts, court cases, medical treatises and religions documents in this factual yet funny talk that make up her book The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Rosalie to sign. To reserve your place, visit Eventbrite or phone the library.
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.