Interesting post by Tom O’Donnell on the problems of understanding medieval sex lives and, in particular, sex for pleasure. I always find this interesting, especially because I generally assume that people had sex then the same way they had sex now, and were just as varied in their sexual exploration if the HUGE variety of sexual things you could do penance for are anything to go by. Just because you *shouldn’t* do something doesn’t mean anyone took a great deal of notice – and if you could be forgiven for it, how much of a difference would the censure really make? These are all very interesting questions. Looking forward to hearing more from this Notches contributor!

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