The things they got away with in the old days

I’m reading The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. In the chapter about the types of people you’d meet then, he had this to say about women:

Medical knowledge, which is heavily based on the teachings of the third-century writer Galen, holds that women’s wombs are “cold” and need constant warming by “hot” male sperm. In addition, if women do not regularly copulate, their “seed” (as Galen calls it) might coagulate and suffocate their wombs, thereby damaging their health.


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