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Secret Women’s Business: Feminine Hygiene in the Middle Ages by Rosalie Gilbert

February 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

We don’t discuss it in polite company, because it’s one of ‘Those Things’. It’s not Nice. In fact, it’s a little bit gross. Medieval women faced many challenges like modern women today, some of them quite mundane. Nothing is more mundane than the workings of the woman’s body in her natural cycle, and yet we rarely discuss it. Medieval women faced the same issues with their reproductive organs that women have always faced, and in this talk, author Rosalie Gilbert gives us the low down on what’s going on low down with the ladies.

A light afternoon tea will follow the talk.

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