The myth of the medieval chastity belt

The myth of the medieval chastity belt

Lecture by Albrecht Classen

Given on August 28, 2008 at the University of Sydney

53 minutes

Medieval scholar Albrecht Classen exposes the chastity belt as a popular myth that proliferated in the 19th century. After reviewing the evidence of the existence of the chastity belt, he found that scant research had been carried out, and that the chastity belt was a byproduct of the 19th-century fascination with instruments of torture from medieval times.


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Please also see the interview Professor Classen did with an Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio program on this topic – Click here.

Albrecht Classen has also written a book The Medieval Chastity Belt: A Myth-Making Process, which was published in 2007.


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