Sex and Society: Men and Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe

What did it mean to be a man in medieval Europe? How did a man demonstrate his masculinity? Prostitution, and the women (and men) involved, occupied a paradoxical position in the cities that straddle the border between modern day Germany and Switzerland. To some, prostitution was a necessary component of urban life whilst, to others,…

Hooking and Hustling – Prostitution in Late Medieval Switzerland

When exploring the past, we tend to focus on the tales of kings and queens and the adventures of worthy men. But what about the lives of ordinary people? And how about that activity that will inevitably occur when people come together, sex? Alex (A) interviewed Jamie Page (JP), a research fellow at the Eberhard…

The House at Heaven’s Door: The Lost Priory of Stone

The rain lashed our faces as we made our way hastily towards the steps of the house, seeking shelter. Once through the door, we were taken down a flight of steep steps twisting their way below ground, underneath the house. The Undercroft Hidden away from sight and sound, a large vaulted undercroft lay waiting, its…