John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
Tag: medieval medicine
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.
Katherine Harvey In the late twelfth century Gerald of Wales, archdeacon of Brecon and a prolific author, wrote a tract on the proper conduct of the clergy. Gerald was writing only a few decades after the First Lateran Council (1123) had introduced compulsory celibacy for all priests, at a time […]