Women's Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus Magnus' De Secretis Mulierum with Commentaries

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Helen Rodnite Lemay, Albertus
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Medical - 200 pages
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The first modern translation of the 13th or 14th-century treatise instructing celibate monks in human reproduction. It was widely read during the middle ages, and its message that women were evil and lascivious laid the groundwork for the serious persecution of women. Includes substantial excerpts from medieval commentary on the text. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Beware the female. WOMEN'S SERCRETS, composed in the late 13th or early 14th century by a disciple of theologian & scientist Albertus Magnus, is intended as a scholarly study on female sexuality and ... Read full review

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Composed in the late 13th or early 14th century by a disciple of theologian & scientist Albertus Magnus, the book is intended as a scholarly study on female sexuality and obstetrics, "partly ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Authors Dates of Composition and the Text
1
Sources
16
Human Generation
20
Astrology
26
The Secrets of Women
32
De Secretis Mulierum On the Secrets of Women
59
On the Generation of the Embryo
63
On the Formation of the Fetus
78
On the Signs of Conception
120
On the Signs of Whether a Male or Female Is in the Uterus
123
On the Signs of Corruption of Virginity
126
On the Signs of Chastity
128
Concerning a Defect of the Womb
131
Concerning Impediments to Conception
135
On the Generation of the Sperm
143
Notes
151

Concerning the Influence of the Planets
91
On the Generation of Imperfect Animals
95
On the Exit of the Fetus from the Uterus
100
Concerning Monsters in Nature
111
Bibliography
181
Index
195
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Helen Rodnite Lemay is Associate Professor of History at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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