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    Was Rape Common in the Middle Ages?

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    TV shows such as "Game of Thrones" on HBO and "Norsemen" depict rape as having been commonplace in the past. But is that correct?

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    "If we look at Scandinavia, there is no evidence that rape was more common in the Middle Ages than in the two centuries that followed," or the 1500s and 1600s, says Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist. Ljungqvist is a historian at Stockholm University and has conducted two separate studies of the Middle Ages.

    Hans Jacob Orning is an expert in the Middle Ages from the University of Oslo. He points out that researchers would have found far more evidence of rape in the extensive literature we have from the Middle Ages, if it had been common at that time.

    “The culture of the Vikings and the Middle Ages was a culture of honour,” he said. "Women were an integral part of this culture. Raping a woman would not only have been an assault against her, but also against the community around her.”

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    You mean that we aren't barbarians? I didn't know. Those priests and their POV written in Church Latin chronicles.

    Germanics also did not engage in polygamy. I guess thralls might have been used like prostitutes, but the most that occurred on a typical basis was bigamy. Sometimes, Germanic men would have a Heathen wife and a Christian wife. This happened in the case of the Danes and Normans at the time of the conversion. It was inadvertently depicted in Die Nibelungen (2004), starring Benno Fürmann.

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