..for fear they might think about it later, once they are married, especially while they are pregnant; in that case, for sure, their children would have split lips”
This book will be winging its way to me via Amazon even before you read this. Womens history, is, as the writer of this article comments often 'difficult to penetrate' but this book - from 1510, originally written in French, is now available in English for the first time. Much of it is concerned with popular cultural observations and advice on pregnancy and childbirth and is considered by this author to give a good insight into beliefs and customs surrounding such events - ever present, ever life-threatening - at that time.
I would highly recommend the Medievalists.net website in general, for anyone interested in the period. Their blog will keep you up to date on new books, articles and scholarly papers published on a vast range of topics and - as with the article on the book above, there is usually a link to a downloadable, more extensive exposition of the topic. There is also an excellent archive of articles on the site. If you love anything about medieval times, sign up for updates today!