‘Stiff and strong’: British scientists discover erotic poem dubbed ‘medieval 50 Shades of Grey’
The fragments of Le Roman de la Rose, a 13th century erotic poem that describes a courtier’s attempt to woo his lover, the Rose, were discovered by Professor Nicholas Vincent in the archives of the Diocese of Worcester.Also on rt.com 50 Shades of waste: Oxfam shop says no to donations of unwanted BDSM book
Professor Vincent asked his colleague Professor Marianne Ailes to identify the rare 22,000 line poem, which, like 50 Shades of Grey, was a huge hit when it was published in 1280. It was at the center of a medieval row between intellectuals concerning the status of women.
It includes a number of suggestive lines, including a “stiff and strong” staff, and “sticking it into those ditches.” Professor Ailes has revealed that the saucy writings was “the blockbuster of its day.”
She insists that the amount of “surviving manuscripts and fragments” and references to the poem in other medieval texts is proof of its popularity.Also on rt.com ‘Viagra ice cream’ & bondage emergencies: Kinky UK braces for 50 Shades of Valentine’s Day
50 Shades of Grey, an erotic book written by British author E.L. James and made into a movie in 2015, features the lead male character Christian sweeping a young virgin called Ana off her feet. As a pseudo-relationship is forged, however, the woman is asked to sign a contract in which she agrees to essentially become the slave — sexual and otherwise — of her new superior.
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