Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 43303
  • Author(s)/Creator(s):
  • Contributor(s): Richard Kay, comp
  • Title: A Beam in the Bishop's Eye (ca. 1275) [From The Lanercost Chronicle (1346)]
  • Source: The Broadview Book of Medieval Anecdotes.  Edited by Richard Kay, compiler.  Broadview Press, 1988.  Pages 255 - 256.
  • Description: A priest in Scotland was reprimanded by his bishop for having a concubine. The woman contrived to run into the bishop while carrying a basket of food. She explained that she was going to the bishop's sweetheart who had just had a baby, so that she could bring her comfort. "This pricked the bishop's conscience" to such a degree that he lifted the priest's suspension immediately.
  • Article Type: Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Celibacy Clergy- Sexual Behavior Concubines Sexuality
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 13- 14
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  • Year of Publication: 1988.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0921149255