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Of Coifs and Condoms, Oh My!

Quote of the day:

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
Attributed to Oscar Wilde


So the coif project goes on, at surprising speed.

Last night I cut it out, took a bunch of pictures, and started the finishing part. In fact, I have figured out a way of dealing with the lining which might provide me with the embroidery protection I need, while making it easy to take said lining on and off as necessary. If time allows it, the coif will be displayed this week with the lining. If not, it will remain unlined for the time being.

But it is looking very purdy . . .


In other news, it appears thay my assertion that condoms were invented for king Henry IV might have been wrong. It seems that the legend that a Dr. Condom invented condoms for a king, alleges that it was for King JamesCharles II of England in the 17th Century, but it is entirely possible that the whole thing is an urban legend.

Which is not to say that condoms of one sort or another did not become more popular in the 16th Century. In the 1500's, a Italian, Gabrielle Fallopious (for whom the Fallopian tubes were named after) claimed that he had invented some linen sheaths that helped prevent venereal disease. Plus, supposedly, the first documentable traces of condom usage are found in prehistoric drawings in caves in . . . yes, France!

Those Italian and French people really tought about their condoms.

Then again a lot of this information comes from this website so who knows how reliable it is.

Which is not to say that it's not intriguing or at least entertaining.

Man, I think that the issue would make a great topic for a University class . . .

Comments

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ladyaelfwynn
Aug. 29th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
I remember seing a "french letter" on display at either a Pennsic or an Aethelmearc WP about 10ish years ago. It was a little linen sheaf that looked like a fat arrow. There was some documentation with it but after all these years, I don't remember anything about it at all!
belfebe
Aug. 29th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
I think it is very amusing, and it is very intriguing. The same site says that lamb intestines were also used, but that the problem was that people tended to re-use them. Yuck!

I have also made some corrections to my post. It seems that Dr. Fallopious was Italian and not French. But this is just too much fun!
attack_laurel
Aug. 30th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
What I want to know is who first thought about putting sheep intestines on their *ahem*? Men intrigue me.

Up until the middle of the 20th century, people trying to make a bit of cash used to collect used condoms (out of sewer outflows, the street, etc.),wash them, roll them on a broomstick handle, dust them with talcum powder, and re-sell them cheap. It's a horrifying thought, but it was really not easy to get contraception, so re-use was considered a viable thing.

belfebe
Aug. 30th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
What I want to know is who first thought about putting sheep intestines on their *ahem*? Men intrigue me.

Yeah, you have to wonder. And the linen solution is not much better. I imagine that the stuff has to be scratchy and it would probably slide out at the first or second try. Although, who knows? Maybe they liked it and it's better than no protection at all.

I have also heard that inserting an apricot in the woman's hoo-haa was used in the Middle East as a means of contraception, and that the inspiration came from inserting that sort of thing on female camels when they were in heat, in the middle of the desert, and the owner's didn't want them to spawn. The story says that Casanova used a method like that on his mistresses.

I don't know whether there is any truth in that, but it is fascinating.

Up until the middle of the 20th century, people trying to make a bit of cash used to collect used condoms (out of sewer outflows, the street, etc.),wash them, roll them on a broomstick handle, dust them with talcum powder, and re-sell them cheap. It's a horrifying thought, but it was really not easy to get contraception, so re-use was considered a viable thing.

. . . which gives an entirely different meaning to the question "Do you recycle?"
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belfebe
Aug. 29th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I will be uploading them soon to LJ. I wanted to do it last night, but I figured that I just ran out of time. Hopefully, at least some of them will be up before Friday :-)

And starting off with a Wilde Quote? *swoon*

Oh, Oscar Wilde is my boy! I just love him!
attack_laurel
Aug. 30th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Peeeeeektures! Me want peeeeeektures!
belfebe
Aug. 30th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I will be uploading pics tonight :-D

It is looking very pretty!
alina_s
Aug. 29th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
My protege sister did give me an academic study entitled 'Abortion and Contraception in the Renaissance'...or ancient world...or something, can't exactly remember. I keep planning on reading it but haven't gotten there yet. I'll look for condoms and keep you posted. :)
belfebe
Aug. 29th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks a mil!
alina_s
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry, flipping through the book it looks like it's all about herbals and medicinals. No condoms.
attack_laurel
Aug. 30th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh (third time today, and we're not even talking about coifs!), I will have earrings on sale at Masters of Defense and Holiday Faire - you had asked about eaarings to match the pearl necklaces, and I made a couple of different styles with the same pearls, so come by and browse if you're interested. :)
belfebe
Aug. 30th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Nifty! We are still looking into Masters of Defense, but I know for sure we will be at Holiday Faire.

Me wantz earringz!!!!!
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