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     Medieval Sex

        Prostitution in the Middle Ages:
While technically a sin (because it hinged on the act of fornication), medieval 
prostitution was recognized by the church and other institutions as a necessary,
or "lesser evil".

        Concubinage:
Financially, concubinage was often an appealing option, involving agreements of 
sexual fidelity, support obligations and the like between partners.   Concubinage 
could be an easy way for poorer families to make beneficial social connections and 
gain monetary support for their unmarried daughters.   Once in a while, 
concubinage even led to marriage.   

An old form for concubine is "leman" which may come from the French
"par le main", a form of public affirmation of the liaison.



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