Monday, 18 March 2013

Sex and the Tudors

If The Tudors show is anything to go by, the Tudors were constantly at it.
I'm currently writing a Tudor romance, so I've been researching sex in Tudor times, as one does. Perhaps the most fascinating thing I've discovered is that sex wasn't entirely unprotected in those days. No, many couples went to great lengths to avoid pregnancy occurring.

This was despite the fact that contraception was against the law. It was considered a sin to have intercourse outside marriage, and therefore all intercourse was supposed to take place within marriage. Since it was part of God's plan that married couples should procreate - 'Go forth and multiply!' - trying to prevent that happening was considered a sin against God. Those who tried to interfere with that natural law could be condemned to death - and sometimes were, especially if they were of the wise old village woman variety, i.e. considered to be witches.

Nonetheless, this not being an ideal world, much sex occurred outside marriage, most commonly between men and prostitutes, between married men and their mistresses - sometimes married women themselves - and between young couples unable to wait for the sanctity of marriage. In all these cases, pregnancy would have been a very bad idea indeed.

Even married couples sometimes preferred not to add yet more children to their tally. (Childbirth being one of the key killers of women at the time, this is not entirely a surprise.)

So here are a few of the methods of contraception used by these more wily Tudors: 

Depending on who you ask, Elizabeth I either practised abstinence, remaining a Virgin Queen to her death, or else had several secret children by a number of different candidates, such as the Earl of Leicester.

Abstinence. Yes, well ...

Withdrawal. Still popular today, this was not a foolproof method of avoiding pregnancy, as a man is easily distracted at the vital moment.

Keeping the current child on the breast. (Clearly this was unreliable and only worked for those who already had a baby or young child.)

Avoiding the more fertile time of the month, a method which they didn't really understand, so not a great tool in the fight against pregnancy. So to speak.

Magickal objects (one source cites 'weasel testicles' to be worn about the neck), spells and incantations. Um ...

Pessaries and morning-after pills. These consisted of all kinds of grim and unpleasant substances, including the acidic medium of vinegar, taken orally or crammed inside the woman prior to intercourse, or sometimes after it. I should imagine most were utterly ineffectual. See magickal objects above.

Those concoctions designed to induce abortion may have contained pennyroyal among other herbs, and even mercury. Babies are notoriously hard to dislodge once implantation has taken place, so some of these potions may have killed the mothers as well as the babies they were carrying.

Condoms. Here, controversy enters. Some historians believe these may have existed in some minor form during Tudor times, others consider they did not arrive in England until the late seventeenth century. Some believe these early English condoms may have been made of leather, though animal intestines treated with oil were popular in other countries at this time, and parchment condoms have even been suggested. Bizarre!


Also see:
Sex in Elizabethan England by Alan Haynes
http://www.elizabethfiles.com/info/tudor-life/tudor-contraception/
http://queryblog.tudorhistory.org/2008/09/question-from-hilary-tudor.html

32 comments:

  1. I must say Thank you for the efforts You've Put in writing this blog. While searching for a related subject, your website got here up, it looks really good. I've bookmarked it. Lots of people will probably be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!
    Call Girls in Dubai

    ReplyDelete

  2. We are a well established Escort Agency in Dubai, which is proved by our excellent reputation above other escort agencies,Filipino Escort In Dubai,Dubai Indian Escort Service,pakistani Escort Agency In Dubai,Turkish Model Escorts,chinese Vip Independent Dubai Escort,Russian Call Girls Escorts,if you give us a call and set up an appointment with one of our lovely beauties!+971551463206
    Massage Escort In Dubai //
    Indian Pakistani Escort In Dubai //
    Russian Model Escort In Dubai //
    Dubai Escort //


    ReplyDelete
  3. Indian Escorts in Dubai are with high demand due their hotness and romance,To meet your desire Indian Escort in Dubai we are here to help you and make your Dubai life more memorable.call or whatsapp +971501737730

    Escorts in Dubai
    Indian Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
    Vip Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
    Cheap Escorts in Dubai

    ReplyDelete
  4. We Provide High Class Escort In Dubai // In Hotel Home 24 Hours At Reasonable Prices. We Have Serv Every Type Of Young Beautiful Indian Escort In Dubai //,Well Qualified Soft Spoken Open Mined Slim Soft Fair Charming Most Attractive Pakistani Escort In Dubai //.Is perfect one for all clients who are really need Dubai Escort Service //, it is clear that Dubai Escorts // are living better life in comparison to those who work for agency.You Can Call us For Booking +971552244915

    ReplyDelete
  5. We are pleased to provide you with the hottest companions of all time. These Elite class escorts are normally used by different royal and rich men. These ladies are used in some of the most expensive events. The passionate love and affection that they provide is always a fascinating end for the people. WhatsApp or call today for booking and details +971522985715.

    Dubai Call Girls
    Dubai Escorts Services
    Cheap Escorts In Dubai
    Call Girls in Dubai
    Dubai Escorts Pakistani

    ReplyDelete
  6. I really enjoyed this post. You describe this topic very well.. If you looking hot and sexy High Class Escorts in UK then you should check our website because we have the best that make you satisfy.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice blog and this information are good for all we are also give this type of services. For more information visit site: - geeks per hour

    ReplyDelete
  8. The site is looking piece ostentatious and it gets the guests eyes.
    sex enhancements

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for sharing the post. Bed Pari Escorts organization offering truly outstanding and most tried and true Bangalore Escorts Agency. We are extremely trustworthy and have a horde of VIP alluring young ladies simply sitting tight for you to meet and influence your fantasies to work out. https://bedpari2.tumblr.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. We are thankful to offer you the amazing services of hot women. Many ladies having excessive curiosity about relationship with different people are listed with us. They want to meet new people and have limitless pleasure with them. Within your approximated budget, you can hire associates and rest with them. The best agency that you are going to spend with Hyderabad ladies would be memorable for you a lengthy time. We offer the best-suited ladies with whom you can have a lot of fun. Obtaining their highly acceptable services could be sexual for you. So, always think of hiring unbelievable women and rest with them to encourage up your feelings. The experience that you are going to get with compensated ladies would be memorable for you. If you want to view the information and photos of our Hyderabad Escorts, go through the collection section on our website. We offer safe reservation that you can get simply by calling the customer care. http://msmaggi4goa.com/

    5starhyderabadescorts.com guarantees to give the amazing Escorts Services. There are many experts ready to have fun with you. Just search through the details of suitable associates and enjoy memorable moments with them. The a longer period you are going to enjoy with hot ladies, the better feelings you get. Our experts are known for providing their amazing services. They ensure to do every possible thing that could comprise the atmosphere of their clients. Have sex with hot women in Hyderabad by having fun with their body. We register only those ladies with us who have excessive intense desires. Dating individuals could be an interesting technique that could comprise your good feelings. Beautiful ladies are great associates to have fun and offer some stunning remembrances. Plenty of your time you are going to enjoy with Hyderabad Escorts would be memorable for some time period. For More Details visit our site http://5starhyderabadescorts.com/

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for sharing the post. I have transformed into a biggest surely understood call lady of Bangalore Escorts and starting late I am first call for of any escorts searcher since I even have the whole thing which you need and you may the whole thing what you imagined.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hot Jodhpur Escorts Girl very lots artificial and fascinating, she makes all of us in her area experience intelligent and approved. Just if you are in Jodhpur town, you will not choose a further fantastic favorite for a day, an evening hours of pleasant, or a end of the week or extra trips. Neutral Jodhpur escort wants to goal and protect in sequence at the border at regardless of cause she has the chance n the Jodhpur coastline in the nightime, yet in the event that it doesn't seem possible, by walking and function the generate of her issue offer her a great hard work. Her fitness center and breathing body limitation are in good form. She causes with a reasonably attuned, audio life, and it unconditionally seems artwork as a deceive and perfect structure. With or while no longer cosmetics, she is new and excellent. this is often exactly what we've got sensible knowing in at Anju Sen Kumari Jodhpur Escorts Services - daily beauty, up industry women, and probably women of wonderful recreating. Extremely minding and top level account, Anju Sen Kumari is loveable. Contact her currently we have a propensity to understand there several war for Jodhpur escort. http://www.anjusenkumari.com/

    As a be clean amongst set the most well-known Jodhpur Escorts Agency we have a propensity to are to a great authentic on whom we have a tendency to incorporate to our customers. we estimate regarding your choice and choose our girls completely on the base in their perform and look. still that all of them have one factor unusual that you may not recognize everywhere furthermore. all of us apparently express a form and unexpected taking factor with our friends. our professional women can pleasure and fun to you throughout a rest and a complicated putting. all issues concept-about, we are able to provde the appropriate fit to match your every your particular needs and introduced schedule. http://www.priyakaursingh.com/

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hello folks Welcome to the most popular and best Escorts agency of Native indian in Jodhpur. Our call girls agency recently started providing the delicate girls to every wanting guy in Jodhpur. Our Escorts in Jodhpur is mainly vibrant in Native indian. People go here from everywhere in the worldwide to have frequented and have the sexual fun in the area with remarkable components. With one of a kind reasons humans check out right here, a number of the want to research the Jodhpur right here and a few check out for the business offers. On the stop of the day, you will eager for the excessive enjoyable and delight. http://www.ankitakumari.com/

    We realize our Escort girl agency in Jodhpur is new however, carries on your care first-rate. We understand to experience comfort with our hot and delicate Jodhpur Escorts. You will genuinely experience surprised because our service comes with outstanding substance. All of us designed up to help you the serious and excessive conventional fulfilling girl to have the first-class sexual activity. If you have frequented at Jodhpur then have a taste of our attractive Jodhpur Escorts service. http://www.misssethi.com/

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for sharing the post. They would all carry on like experts when they will be in your arms. Organization young ladies can without much of a stretch fulfill all your most stunning wants and you will truly feel like you are in paradise while you will invest some energy with our excellent Bangalore Call Girls in your lodging room or resort. Our young ladies have thin and hot bodies, beguiling eyes and blonde hair generally with western looks have all what a man needs.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for sharing the post. Bangalore Queen is providing free escort young woman which is in our Bangalore Escorts administrations is having amazingly hot and charming body, organization and awesome nature of their direct and provocative talk attitude. http://www.bangalorequeen.com/services.html,
    https://bangalorequeen1.blogspot.in/

    ReplyDelete
  16. The condition Jodhpur is among the quickest improving begins in the country. It has obtained the complete growth in the last few years. Nowadays it has experienced identification and the amazing improvement in the many of the important areas. The residents and the migrants from the different parts of the world have been experiencing the advantage of the growth and the popular growth. There has been progression across areas now along with the numerous industries; the Jodhpur Escorts has also obtained the great identification. Nowadays the male customers from across the places travel especially to the condition to take the endless estrus have fun with the agency of the unrivaled girls in the different sides of the modern condition. http://www.salonibhatt.com/

    The time and wave delay for none and this is the fact that dominates in the actual. You cannot neglect the facts and has to become the effective members in the improvement. The growing demand of the Escorts in Jodhpur shows that the share of customers is regularly improving. The participation of the men from the different sections has motivated the women from the different area of the cultures to become the part of the mature attractive industry. The call girls associated with the business are not the normal women. They come from the highly identified careers. http://www.rasmisethsen.com/

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ms Laila Seth Escorts at our unique Ms Laila Seth Escorts service agency are wonderful, incredibly amazing and welcoming who all shall definitely definitely impress you away making you feel unique and at the top of the world. Escorts in Indore at our escort service are eye-catching and exclusively stunning, providing several intriguing and sexual services in order to please the core of their prospective customers. These entertaining divas are really enthusiastic towards their career and basically appreciate whatever they do which in exchange generate them admiration and assessments by several customers, on a daily basis. http://mslailaseth.com/

    Our escorts services in Indore is believed to something really gaining as we provide in contact and out contact services at its best make certain customer service by maintaining them and their main concerns at the first place. You can absolutely have a pleasant time with our Girl Escort in Indore while they shall give you some sexual body massage followed by an unforgettable room service period, which shall be more than enough for you to treasure your life even more than you used to do before obtaining our Indore Escorts service at Adhika Jain Escorts. According to our clients’ choice and flavor, our Adhika Jain contact lady service is instantly available to give them thin, high, busty and sexy bombshells at your service with which you can basically appreciate your time to the maximum. The Escorts Agency Indore Girls are so competent in whatever they do that hanging out with them will seem to become even more enthusiastic and eye-catching as the year progresses by. http://www.adhikajain.com/

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for sharing the post. Bangalore Queen is providing free escort young woman which is in our Bangalore Escorts administrations is having amazingly hot and charming body, organization and awesome nature of their direct and provocative talk attitude. http://www.bangalorequeen.com/services.html,
    https://bangalorequeen1.blogspot.in/

    ReplyDelete
  19. pleasant post, stay aware of this fascinating work. It truly regards realize that this subject is being secured likewise on this site so cheers for setting aside time to talk about this! flypoint glattbrugg

    ReplyDelete
  20. The Indore Escorts are also as identical as your girl and spouse in the issue of sex, but the only distinction they won’t think twice to meet wishes, it’s their job to create you meet, although they also really like to engage some combination of emotions to create sexual activity more sexual and strong, and they also really like to see your sex abilities in bed after all she is also females.

    So if you are a awesome guy and want to engage with hot girls then come to our escort service Indore. You will also really like to see our females Escorts who can create you meet however you want. So why to hold back if our Independent girls are prepared to associate with you. Our Escorts Indore are also providing a lower price on certain service so create sure to confirm out our hot special offers. http://www.indoreescortservice.com/

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nowadays Hyderabad Escorts Girls is complete every fan all demand because she also want to take fun and luxuriate in with her fan that is reason that today mostly hot and attractive girls with ought any doubt prepared to go with her fan arm and that situation individuals also want to meet with that type of women who want to appreciate with them and take so much fun and if Hyderabad Escorts assistance provide them fan and money than all girls must want to be a part of us so now Hyderabad escorts assistance filled with hot and attractive girls who are just under 25 and most of them are student or local girls who are so hot and attractive and whenever power individuals to move their head when she crass them so now become prepared to have fun with that women who are prepared to become your girls friend. Hyderabad escorts assistance when discover any chance for making her customer than she become prepared and create her every private areas so smooth and smooth that you contact discover so much entertainment and with that Hyderabad escorts provide you with many kind of sex position that is increase you like therefore so pleased like when you discover her than you begin to take dental sex entertainment with her and without any problem she give you complete assistance and you contact her every attractive areas to get joy and then become naked with her you like rubbing and 69 perform a different entertainment before that sex and she pull your whole body and create your prepared to real perform and then you begin to really like with Hyderabad escorts assistance and you sense so pleased when she present complete assistance in your romantic endeavors and you become fully enthusiastic about her so now you become prepared to have fun with such a so wonderful girls in your room and Hyderabad escorts provide you with her personal number for talk and fun. You call 24 hours any moment when you sense alone and take our Hyderabad Escorts assistance. http://www.peehusinha.com/

    ReplyDelete