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Divorce, medieval style

Postby bigdummy » 24 Aug 2012 04:28

“Duchess Gryfina, wife of Leszeck the Black, Duke of Sieradz, having summoned an assembly of the nobles, knights and gentry, tells them that for almost six years she has lived with her husband yet is still virgo intacta. She accuses her husband to his face of being impotent and frigid, accusations he accepts in silence. So, removing the hood, with which, as a wife, she covers her head, she thenceforth goes abut with her head uncovered, bhaving as a maiden and avoiding the company of Leszek. Her aim is to have her marriage dissolved.”

-Jan Dlugosz, Annals of Poland, from the entry for 1271 AD
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