What made you attractive in the Middle Ages? In this filmed episode of the History Hit podcast Betwixt the Sheets, Dr Kate Lister interviews medieval historian Eleanor Janega about medieval beauty standards, hygiene and the perspectives of women throughout the Middle Ages.
You can listen to Kate's podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast...
They also discuss Eleanor's new book 'The Once and Future Sex'. It's an illuminating exploration of medieval thinking on women’s beauty, sexuality, and behaviour. What makes for the ideal woman? How should she look, love, and be?
You'll also find out if medieval people washed, shaved or brushed their teeth. Plus, why weren't nuns allowed to look after the sick overnight?