Attitudes and Responses to Infertility in Medieval England

Dr Catherine Rider leads this project on attitudes and responses to infertility in medieval England, examining how people viewed infertility (What did they think caused it? Did they tend to blame the man or the woman?) and how they responded to it (Medicine? Prayer?). As well as examining medical texts, the project will also investigate non-medical sources which discuss infertility, such as Bible commentaries, sermons and saints' lives, in order to trace the varying attitudes to childless couples and the responses available in the Middle Ages.