Having sex in the Middle Ages was very difficult.
Forget about romance, beautiful ladies in distress and noble knights in shining armor on a white horse. Because to show your love, namely to have sex, in the Middle Ages, starting from the V century and ending with the XV, was very problematic.
For example, it was considered a sin to make love on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. And also during the day and without clothes. If a woman has a period, she is pregnant or feeds a child - even more so. The same applied to the times of Great Lent, Easter, and other church holidays and posts. In fact, it was allowed to have sex in the event that the spouses wanted to have a child, but the caress of a partner, indecent kisses, “depraved” positions were forbidden. And God forbid someone will enjoy during the process, no, no.
As you can imagine, finding a secluded place to retire, in those distant feudal times was also difficult - often the rooms were cramped, cold and damp. Here in the fields or in the barn in the hay it was even more convenient.
To help people in this difficult matter, the church had a book or church code of punishment "Penitential", which referred to the period for conceiving children. According to this book, all poses, except “missionary”, were considered a sin and were forbidden.
Oral and anal sex and masturbation were also banned - these kinds of contacts did not lead to the birth of children, which was, according to the purists, the only reason for making love. Violators were punished severely: three years of repentance and the ministry of the church for sex in any of the "deviant" positions.
But in those times, not only the church condemned any inappropriate types of love — persons of royal blood, nobles and landowners violently punished loving youth. The French king Philip IV, known as Philip the Fair, once discovered that some of the knights were involved in a relationship with his three unmarried daughters. He arrested and executed the men, and exiled his daughters to the monastery to atone for sins.
Interestingly, prostitution in the Middle Ages flourished and was either ignored by the church or regarded as a necessary evil in this world.Even Thomas Aquinas, the Italian philosopher and theologian, believed that "if you destroy public women, the power of passions will destroy everything."
In many cities brothels worked, and the priestesses of love could be distinguished by their robes, which showed a bright yellow stripe. Often among regular customers met people from the upper classes.
As we are glad that we do not live in the era of the Middle Ages.