A hilarious and thought-provoking podcast looking at sex, gender, and misogyny in the Middle Ages – with medieval pick-up artists, beauty tips based on the Bible, and more.
Why did the ideal medieval woman have a pot belly and small feet? On which days of the week was sex permitted? Why did the transgender sex workers of London steal men’s clothes? Eleanor Janega joins us Luke Naylor-Perrott for a very NSFW episode of the podcast with the answers.
Eleanor teaches medieval and early modern history at the London School of Economics. She’s the creator of the blog Going Medieval and the author of The Once and Future Sex, a new book exploring the ideals of womanhood in the medieval period. She tells us more in a podcast that’s funny, provocative, and depressingly relevant to the present.