a medieval minute: women battering men

Woman beating a man with her spindle.

Woman beating a man with her distaff.

Our town has a refuge for battered women. Surprisingly in the middle ages, there are a number of images of men being battered. Does that mean that women weren’t victims? Not at all. Studies of domestic violence show that women brought the most cases to court. But is is reassuring to see that medieval people, even in jest, realized it was fair that men should be victims of beatings, too.

A similar image.

A similar image.


To read about domestic violence in the middle ages:

Find out more about the relationships between men and women in my novel, The Viscountess and the Templars.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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