Menstruation and the Female Body in Early Modern England

  • Sara Read

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

About this book


In early modern English medicine, the balance of fluids in the body was seen as key to health. Menstruation was widely believed to regulate blood levels in the body and so was extensively discussed in medical texts. Sara Read examines all forms of literature, from plays and poems, to life-writing, and compares these texts with the medical theories.


body corpus Early Modern English England English English literature health humour literature medicine nature play poem women writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Sara Read
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English and DramaLoughborough UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47003-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-35503-4
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