History of Sex and Sexuality from 14 - 1415

About the history of sex and sexuality from 14 A.D. to 1415 A.D. including ideas on contraception, virgins, religion, and abstinence.

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14 A.D. Tiberius became the emperor of Rome. He forbade the execution of virgins so that when such women were condemned to death, they would have to suffer the extra humiliation of being publicly deflowered by the executioner just before the sentence was carried out.

130 The word gonorrhea was coined by the noted Greek physician Galen. Erroneously describing one of the symptoms, it literally means "a flow of seed."

138 Soranus, a Greek physician, died. His Gynaecology gives his foolproof method of contraception: ". . . the woman ought, in the moment during coitus when the man ejaculates his sperm, to hold her breath, draw her body back a little so that the semen cannot penetrate into the os uteri, then immediately get up and sit down with bent knees, and in this position, provoke sneezes."

c. 875 The Scottish King Ewen III established the rights of "the First Night." According to a chronicle: "Another law he made, that wives of common men shall be free to the nobles; and the Lord of the ground shall have the maidenheads of all the virgins dwelling in the same." This popular sport may have continued up to the beginning of the Middle Ages.

1072 Pietro Damiani, an Italian reformer, died. Totally obsessed by the idea that virginity should be preserved, he spent his whole life trying to convince girls to abstain from sex. He also spent much time attempting to stamp out prostitution by preaching inside brothels. His zeal was undoubtedly fired by the fact that he was the son of a prostitute.

1191 At the start of his first crusade against the infidels, King Richard the Lion-Hearted arrived at Marseilles and was horrified to discover that his advance party of trusty knights had spent all the campaign funds on prostitutes.

1274 St. Thomas Aquinas, whose theories and writings have become the cornerstone of the Roman Catholic Church, died. His fundamental opinions on sex (which he called "lust") are significant. Any sexual activity other than that intended for procreation was a sin against nature. His four offending categories were, in descending order: (1) bestiality; (2) homosexuality; (3) using any position other than face to face, with the woman on her back; and (4) masturbation, which he considered effeminate in men.

1275 Angela de Labarthe of Toulouse became the first woman to be burned at the stake for having sexual intercourse with the devil. Her crime was discovered after she reportedly gave birth to a child with a wolf's head and a snake's tail.

1300s The Lothardi sect flourished in Russia. Their belief was that while above ground, men should lead moral lives-but once they were at least 27 in. below ground, everything changed. Hence, all their meetings were held in subterranean caves and were riotous orgies.

1382 The word sex made its first appearance in English in Wycliffe's translation of the Bible: "Of alle thingis havynge sowle of ony flesh, two thow shalt brynge into the ark, that maal sex and femaal lyven with thee."

1415 Pope John XXIII-the original Pope John XXIII-was deposed for "notorious incest, adultery, defilement, homicide, and atheism." Earlier, while still a chamberlain, he quite openly kept his brother's wife as a mistress. In an effort to squash the scandal, his superiors promoted him to cardinal and sent him to Bologna, where "two hundred maids, matrons, and widows, including a few nuns fell victim to his brutal lust."

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