Being a #Teen in the Middle Ages Was the Worst

Ditch all your "uphill in the snow both ways" stories, because there's a new, wonderful way to remind the teens in your life just how easy they've got it: Tell them how miserable it was to be a teenager in Medieval Europe. Because mom wasn't giving you gas money and there was a good chance you'd die of the plague, too. » 3/24/14 12:50pm 3/24/14 12:50pm

“A Roofless House, A Smoky Chimney, And A Quarrelsome Woman.”

Written by an unknown author in the late fourteenth century, "Le Ménagier de Paris," is a guide for the medieval bride, written in the voice of an old man instructing his fifteen-year-old intended. A mix of recipes, housekeeping tips, and spiritual guidance, it's now available in its entirety. [New Yorker] » 5/29/09 12:40pm 5/29/09 12:40pm

Holy Fuck

Well, we know where the law stands on giving a BJ in Idaho, but the Middle Ages were so much worse. Sometime around 1245, St. Albert The Great helped pen a handbook for sexual penances. The length of the punishment — bread, water, and abstinence — for "exotic congress" varied, depending on the sexual position.Punishments … » 5/19/08 6:20pm 5/19/08 6:20pm