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Inside the Medieval Mind [electronic resource]: Sex

BBC Worldwide Ltd
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Although rooted in religious misogyny and crude anatomical knowledge, the sexual mores of the medieval era were surprisingly complex. This program explores the attitudes and behaviors of a sexual culture that was by turns romantic, transactional, and perverse. Documents and historical accounts include the story of Christina of Markyate, who defied marital conventions and maintained a lifelong vow of chastity; the more passionate tale of Peter Abelard and Heloise d'Argenteuil, whose 12th-century love letters transcend the brutality of the age; and a list of intrusive questions compiled to help 11th-century priests steer parishioners away from promiscuity. Troubadour poetry and primitive views of menstruation and fertility are also discussed.
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58 min.
13 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 03, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Inside the Medieval Mind
Inside the medieval mind
  • Sex in the Middles Ages (2:35)
  • Medieval Recipes for Sex-Related Activities (2:21)
  • Mysteries of Sexuality (2:50)
  • Original Sin and State of Women (5:03)
  • Courtly Love (7:32)
  • Story of Abelard and Eloise (4:54)
  • Medieval Sex: Austere Creed (3:09)
  • Brides of Christ (2:30)
  • Cult of Virginity (2:48)
  • Church Takes Charge of Sex (3:50)
  • Medieval Church: Sexual Police (3:21)
  • Sexual Sins and Public Condemnation (3:01)
  • Sexual Hypocrisy of the Church (2:45)
  • Medieval Church and Homosexuality (5:45)
  • Plague: Punishment for Sins (3:40)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2008.
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  • 42040s Films Media Group
  • 42042 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (58 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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