A “birthing bowl” made of jet, which was believed to possess special properties, and a birth girdle with Bible inscriptions both seemed archaic but a diagram for a “women’s stoole” was surprisingly similar to the birthing stool used by today’s midwives.Castor’s deep knowledge of the subject was clear throughout, and she revealed at one stage that she had studied some of the documents the film relied upon for 25 years.For illuminated manuscripts, stylistic analysis of the decoration also helps to provide a date.This is a huge area of study, but there are some things that jump out at even the observant amateur, although the question of why certain fashions come and go is more complicated.The point of the game is actually that the degree of accuracy of dating scripts is a bit wobbly, even when comparing with known examples.Changes in calligraphic fashion did not happen cataclysmically.If only she had spent less time on well-worn stories of princes and palaces, the documentary might have done this graft more justice.
Material from Classical Rome was transcribed for a thousand years and more.
This story of teenage pregnancies and stillbirths was compelling enough but hardly informed us about life for the average 15th-century woman: it was the medieval equivalent of filming a documentary on contemporary childbirth solely in the Lindo Wing.
Interviews with historians about the relationship between women and the Church were more revealing.
Beginning with the ancient Greeks' recognition of the need to describe more than one kind of love, inventing the word In ancient times, many of the first marriages were by capture, not choice - when there was a scarcity of nubile women, men raided other villages for wives.
Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered.