Helen Rodnite Lemay. Women’s Secrets. A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus. Magnus’ “De secretis mulierum” with Commentaries. SUNY Series in Medieval. Sheila Fisher, Trinity College. Lemay, Helen Rodnite. Women’s Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albert us Magnus’. “De Secretis Mulierum” with Commentaries. Women’s Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus Magnus’s De Secretis Mulierum with Commentaries. Helen Rodnite Lemay.

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On the Generation of the Embryo II: Concerning the Influence of the Planets IV: On the Generation of Imperfect Animals V: On the Signs of Corruption of Virginity X: On the Signs of Chastity XI: On the Generation of the Sperm.

Available as a Google eBook for other eReaders and tablet devices. Women’s Secrets provides the first modern translation of the notorious treatise De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times.


The Secrets deals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of the ways of the universe. However, the book had a much more far-reaching influence.

Women’s Secrets

Lemay shows how its message that women were evil, lascivious creatures built on the misogyny of the work’s Aristotelian sources and laid the groundwork for serious persecution of women. Both the content of the treatise and the reputation of its author erroneously believed to be Albertus Mulieru, inspired a few medieval scholars to compose lengthy commentaries on the text, substantial selections from which are included, providing further evidence of how medieval men interpreted science muoierum viewed the female body.

The introductory material is of high quality; Lemay is well aware of the interplay between philosophers and medical writers on a number of issues.

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Helen Rodnite Lemay – Author. Related Subjects Medieval Studies.


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