Way of life 1500 up to 1550

Danse Macabre (presentation of social construct) Wismar around 1500 Danse Macabre (presentation of social construct) Wismar around 1500

region Mecklenburg

People’s sex lives were strongly regulated and monitored. Adultery, “fornication” and other sins were punishable. A catalogue of prohibitions only tolerated sex during marriage and only for the purposes of reproduction. Animosity towards the body and desire was reflected in the church calendar, which only permitted sexual intercourse on 200 days of the year. During the Late Middle Ages the marital age for girls was between 15 and 18. Boys were marriageable from age 12 to 15.

 

region Western Pomerania

People’s sex lives were strongly regulated and monitored. Adultery, “fornication” and other sins were punishable. A catalogue of prohibitions only tolerated sex during marriage and only for the purposes of reproduction. Animosity towards the body and desire was reflected in the church calendar, which only permitted sexual intercourse on 200 days of the year. During the Late Middle Ages the marital age for girls was between 15 and 18. Boys were marriageable from age 12 to 15.

Thomas Kantzow reports of the wild and wanton life in Pomerania in his Low German chronicle.

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