Marvellous secrets: birth control in European short fiction, 1150-1650.

@article{Walle2000MarvellousSB,
  title={Marvellous secrets: birth control in European short fiction, 1150-1650.},
  author={E van de Walle},
  journal={Population studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={54 3},
  pages={321-30}
}
Medieval and Renaissance tales are remarkable for their frank discussion of sexual practices, including birth control. Italian and French writings are the most explicit. Contraception and abortions are often treated as 'secrets', esoteric practices acquired from experts. The concealment of pregnancy is presented as an alternative form of birth control, often used after the others have failed. In the narratives, the use of birth control is mostly confined to premarital relations, although… CONTINUE READING