05-28-2015, 08:25 AM #1
UK - Priory dig unearths skeletal sex scandal
Oxford archaeologists find 92
skeletons at medieval church site
A series of "very unusual burials" were found at the site, including a woman found in a face down position, another who was a victim of blunt force trauma to the back of the head, and a stillborn child.
"It's unusual for someone so young to be buried within the church," Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, said.
Sex, Mischief And Witches: The Dark
Side Of Life In A Medieval Oxford Nunnery
The priory had a controversial history. In her book Medieval English Nunneries, Eileen Power describes it as “in such grave disorder that it might justly be described as one of the worst nunneries of which records survived.
A further visit in 1518 bore more scandal, with complaints the prioress “played and romped” with boys in the cloister and that after she was placed in the stocks she was rescued by three nuns who broke down the door, burned the stocks and smashed a window to escape.
Medieval scandal uncovered in Oxford: 'Sex-crazed' nun in
a bizarre position among 90 skeletons dug up near priory
Murray believes the lady's unusual position may have been a penitential act by those who buried her, in the hope it would atone for her sins.
Such burials, dubbed 'prone burials', are usually reserved for witches or sinners.
The priory was surrounded by scandal in its final years, with some nuns being accused of 'immoral and lewd' behaviour.
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