On the Confusion of Identity of Prostitutes in Medieval France

Catherine Pan
2015 Waterloo Historical Review  
Medieval sexuality cannot be viewed from a modern perspective. Medieval theologians and thinkers defined sexuality according to their interpretations of the Bible. Men and women played different roles in society. The social role of women in the middle ages was largely restricted by the relationship of the men whom they lived with. It was difficult for theologians and Church fathers to define those who did not fit into the "norms" or society. Strict Church control over the laity in all facets of
more » ... ty in all facets of life made it difficult for those who disobeyed and strayed from the rules of the Church over behavior and conduct. This essay argues how the lack of universal term for prostitute led to
doi:10.15353/whr.v7.32 fatcat:kta54ib62jg33hsll5nhciqclm