Odd medieval bas-relief (12th c. CE) which once was in the destroyed Tosa Gate of Milan, depicting a woman who shears her pubic hair. According to legend, it represents with scorn the wife of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (who had razed Milan).

Strangely funny - Odd medieval bas-relief c. CE) which once was in the destroyed Tosa Gate of Milan, depicting a woman who shears her pubic hair. According to legend, it represents with scorn the wife of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (who had razed Milan).

Neptune and Amphitrite, (detail), Jan Gossaert, 1516

arsvitaest: “ Jan Gossaert (a. Jan Mabuse), Neptune and Amphitrite [detail], 1516 (by ”

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ms. 0482, detail of f.60v. Book of Hours. 15th century.  Bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'Lady Garden'.

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ms. detail of Book of Hours. Finally some evidence that women wore knee high hose!

Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 0457, f. 273v. Avicenna, Canon medicinae. Paris, 3rd quarter of the 13th century.

Medieval Problems: Avicenna, Canon medicinae, Paris, quarter of the

Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire, 1140 AD. "One of the very few surviving “sheela-na-gig“corbels in this country. It represents 'low morals'." Simon Jenkins

"One of the very few surviving “sheela-na-gig“corbels in this country. It represents 'low morals'." Simon Jenkins (that's not what it used to represent.

Roman de la Rose, France 15th century. Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 195, fol. 118v

The Couple in bed-Le Roman de la Rose-Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung-late Douce f. School of Robinet Testard / Roman de La Rose /Bodleian Library, Oxford.

(conception of Alexander the Great) 'Talbot Shrewsbury book', Rouen 1444-1445. BL, Royal 15 E VI, fol. 6r

Dragon in the bedroom. (Nectanebus and Olympias - conception of Alexander the Great) ‘Talbot Shrewsbury book’, Rouen (British Library, Royal 15 E VI, fol.


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