Henry was well-known for his many executions. He also had lots of romantic romps in wedlock, to be fair , but is that what life was like for his constituents in Tudor England? Marriage in Tudor England wasn't fun for most women, whether or not they were wives or ladies of the night in Elizabethan cathouses. Intercourse wasn't for pleasure, but for the purpose of giving birth to children. So then, what was childbirth like in Tudor times? Not much better: dirty, isolated, and pretty darn painful.
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The Fall, Michelangelo. The church played a major role in sex and the duties of the female body. The Virgin Mary and Eve, the mother of mankind, helped to develop people's views of sexual intercourse, birth and the formation and function of the female body. Messages were conveyed not only through sermons but also through images and paintings. The act of intercourse, was tainted by the fall of Eve. Women were seen as inferior versions of men and were thought to be greatly susceptible to the devil and the dark forces. The Church taught that women's bodies ran hot and thus they always desired sex and acts of fornication.
Sex was not allowed on Wednesdays, Fridays or Sundays; throughout Lent, Advent and Pentecost; before major holy days; when a woman was menstruating, confined before pregnancy, for a month after childbirth and while she was breast-feeding; three days before taking communion; during daylight hours; naked; or in any position other than missionary. One 15th-century couple got married by Beverley Gate in Hull while milking a cow. This rather nebulous arrangement sometimes led to unions later being rejected by one or other party, transforming legitimate payment of the marriage debt into illicit fornication.
Please check your spam box if you don't receive a confirmation email. All this religion involved with sex is so…. Like to them God made women to do nothing but bare children. No freedom. No rights.