FERTILITY CONTROL AND SOCIETY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE.

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  • Author(s): McCann, Christine1
  • Source:
    Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies. 2009, Vol. 40, p45-62. 18p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      abortion
      birth control
      Catholic Church
      contraception
      economics
      fertility control
      herbal
      herbs
      magic
      nutrition
      population
    • Abstract:
      It was once thought that during the Middle Ages the church provided the only opinion on matters of sexuality and reproduction, and women were obliged to get pregnant with uncontrolled frequency. On the contrary, many medieval people were aware of various methods which could be used to limit the size of their families, with varying degrees of success. Furthermore, contraceptive practice was widely commented on, not only in church documents but also by medical writers and famous authors such as Chaucer. Many medieval people sought ways to limit their offspring, and many of those successfully. Moreover, the image of a church-dominated unanimity of opinion on sexual matters must be replaced by the recognition that the Middle Ages was a time of great diversity of opinion where one might find both harshness and compassion. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1History Department, Fahy Hall, Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079
    • ISSN:
      0069-6412
    • Accession Number:
      10.1353/cjm.2009.0004
    • Accession Number:
      44526445
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MCCANN, C. Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, [s. l.], v. 40, p. 45–62, 2009. DOI 10.1353/cjm.2009.0004. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=44526445. Acesso em: 2 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      McCann C. Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies. 2009;40:45-62. doi:10.1353/cjm.2009.0004
    • APA:
      McCann, C. (2009). Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 40, 45–62. https://doi.org/10.1353/cjm.2009.0004
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      McCann, Christine. 2009. “Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe.” Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies 40 (September): 45–62. doi:10.1353/cjm.2009.0004.
    • Harvard:
      McCann, C. (2009) ‘Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe’, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 40, pp. 45–62. doi: 10.1353/cjm.2009.0004.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      McCann, C 2009, ‘Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe’, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, vol. 40, pp. 45–62, viewed 2 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      McCann, Christine. “Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe.” Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, vol. 40, Sept. 2009, pp. 45–62. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/cjm.2009.0004.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      McCann, Christine. “Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe.” Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies 40 (September 2009): 45–62. doi:10.1353/cjm.2009.0004.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      McCann C. Fertility Control and Society in Medieval Europe. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval & Renaissance Studies [Internet]. 2009 Sep [cited 2020 Dec 2];40:45–62. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=44526445