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The medieval chastity belt : the myth-making process

Author: Albrecht Classen; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Series: New Middle Ages.
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Conrad Kyeser was the first to present an image of a chastity belt in his illustrated book on war machinery, Bellifortis (1405), and some fifteenth- and sixteenth-century poets and artists referred to this object as well. Yet, there is no firm evidence that chastity belts were ever used in reality. By contrast, modern writers have often referred to the chastity belt as an object employed primarily in the Middle Ages  Read more...
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Classen, Albrecht.
Medieval chastity belt.
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
(OCoLC)82672067
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albrecht Classen; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780230603097 0230603092
OCLC Number: 314776153
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm).
Contents: The Creation of a Myth: The Flat Earth Theory as a Foretaste of the Hermeneutic Problem --
The Nature of Mythical Thinking --
The Chastity Belt --
Modern Myth-Making --
The Medieval Chastity Belt in Popular Opinion and Its Sources --
Myth-Making Stage I: Alcide Bonneau (1836-1904) --
Myth-Making Stage II: Dr. Caufeynon (1904 and 1905) --
Myth-Making Stage III: Eric John Dingwall (1923) --
Myth-Making Stage IV: Esar Levine (1931) --
Myth-Making Stage V: Lexica, Encyclopedia, and Other Reference Works --
Early German Encyclopedists --
The Chastity Belt in Ersch's and Gruber's Encyclopedia --
The Cultural Historian Alwin Schulz --
The Anthropologist Heinrich Ploss --
The Evidence Produced by A.M. Pachinger --
The Bilder-Lexikon: The Allegedly Conclusive and Authoritative Summary --
The History of Women in the Middle Ages: Max Bauer's Theories --
Popular Encyclopedias --
A Modern Breakthrough? Alexander Schulz's Contribution --
Modern Myth-Making --
The Dilettante Art Historian Eduard Fuchs --
Modern Museum Pieces --
Histories of Morality and Studies of Popular Culture --
The Chastity Belt in Early-Modern Art: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries --
Froben Christof von Zimmern: A Late-Medieval Chronicler Who Knows Nothing about the Chastity Belt --
Gianfranceso Straparola: Almost Obscene, but Ignorant of the Chastity Belt --
History of Fashion --
The Chastity Belt as a Theme in the Discourse of the Enlightenment --
The Encyclopedists --
Voltaire: The Eternal Satirist--Not a Testimony for the Historical Chastity Belt --
Johann Gottfried Schnabel --
The Chastity Belt in European Dictionaries and Reference Works --
Sexology --
Modern Reference Works on Eroticism and Sex --
Recent Research on the Chastity Belt: The Evidence of Art History and the History of Everyday Life --
The Literary and Historical Evidence, Revisited --
The Chastity Belt in Italian Renaissance Literature --
The Useless Chastity Belt in Cornazano's Proverbii in Facetie --
The Motif of the Chastity Belt in Medieval Welsh Literature: Sir Hywel of Builth --
Francesco II (Novell) di Carrara, Duke of Padua--the Alleged Inventor of the Chastity Belt --
The Elusive Chastity Belt in Medieval and Early-Modern Literature --
Renaissance and Baroque Literature and Arts --
The Chastity Belt in Eighteenth-Century Art --
Modern Art --
Another Myth: The Jus primae noctis, or the Droit du cuissage (Droit du seigneur) --
The Nature of Myths Revisited.
Series Title: New Middle Ages.
Responsibility: Albrecht Classen.
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Abstract:

Conrad Kyeser was the first to present an image of a chastity belt in his illustrated book on war machinery, Bellifortis (1405), and some fifteenth- and sixteenth-century poets and artists referred to this object as well. Yet, there is no firm evidence that chastity belts were ever used in reality. By contrast, modern writers have often referred to the chastity belt as an object employed primarily in the Middle Ages in order to support a highly speculative perspective of past practices, maybe as a spurious legitimation for the use of chastity belts in the modern sex industry. Anthropologists, ethnologists, then also cultural historians, and feminist scholars have happily embraced the idea of the chastity belt because it provided them with an effective battle-cry to malign the medieval world and to project the benefits of the civilization process in the lives of modern women freed of being degrading by a chastity belt.

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