Y a isciple of theologian scientist Albertus Magnus the book is "As A Scholarly Study "a scholarly study female sexuality and obstetrics partly philosophical partly medical Woman s purpose is for and her nature can be observed through the lens of that purpose The author uotes Aristotle The most natural operation is for each thing to generate something similar to itself so as to participate in the ivine and the immortal That is the goal toward which all things strive so that each might endure 60 The author then explains how every human being who is naturally conceived is generated from the seed of the fathe. And the reputation of its author erroneously believed to be Albertus Magnus inspired a few medieval scholars to compose lengthy commentaries on the text substantial selections from which are included providing further evidence of how medieval men interpreted science and viewed the female bo.
characters Women's Secrets A Translation of Pseudo Albertus Magnus's De Secretis Mulierum With Commentaries S U N Y Series in Medieval StudiesHilarious This is a must
Read For Anyone Interested Infor anyone interested in history of women in the "Middle Ages not because it reveals actual women s secrets of course but because it "Ages not because it reveals actual women s secrets of course but because it exactly how clueless gynecological science was and how widespread truly ridiculous misogynistic rumors were if there was any oubt It is truly remarkable This is a Textbook of Wisdom difficult book to review and it was evenifficult to rate It was an excellent translation with an informative introduction and it was certa What I learned from this "BookA Uestion Arises As "uestion arises as whether a man who has had his testicles cut off can father childrenI say that the ma. Women's Secrets provides the first modern translation of the notorious treatise De secretis mulierum popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times The Secrets eals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of ,
N will remain fertile if was fertile beforehand because can emit spermatic material although not as well If his seed which is ejected to the ground were placed in the womb there is a possibility that the woman would conceive Thus it often happens that a woman conceives if she is in a bath where a man had ejaculated because the vulva strongly attracts the spermThis has been "attested to by experienceIf a cat ejaculated on some sage and a man ate some of this sage then cats "to by experienceIf a cat ejaculated on some sage and a man ate some of this sage then cats be generated in his stomach and would have to be expelled by vomiting Composed in the late 13th or early 14th century He ways of the universe However the book had a much far reaching influence Lemay shows how its message that women were evil lascivious creatures built on the misogyny of the work's Aristotelian sources and laid the groundwork for serious persecution of womenBoth the content of the treatise.