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The Measure of MultitudePopulation in Medieval Thought$
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Peter Biller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265596

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265596.001.0001

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Avoidance of Offspring (I): The General Picture

Avoidance of Offspring (I): The General Picture

(p.135) 6 Avoidance of Offspring (I): The General Picture
The Measure of Multitude

Peter Biller

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews medieval texts about some individuals avoiding conception and medicine. The first kind of evidence is the writings of monks interested in details about élite families. Making up the immediate audience for a chronicle written by a monk were his fellow monks: men from noble families who liked to hear about the marriages of their relatives. The chapter also looks at apothecaries and their activities in parts of southern Europe around 1300, through Michael McVaugh's book, a herbal from Genoa, and some Church legislation from south-eastern France.

Keywords:   birth control, contraception, medicine, monks

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