Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London
Katherine Harvey is a medieval historian and a Wellcome Trust research fellow in the department of history, Classics and archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Episcopal Appointments in England, c1214-1344: From Episcopal Election to Papal Provision (2014). She lives in London.
The salacious Middle Ages
Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens
People in the Middle Ages took great care over cleanliness – except the clergy, who accepted filth as a sign of devotion