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Semmelweis Museum
Semmelweis Museum
Apród utca 1-3
Budapest
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The first authentic description of chastity belts can be found in Konrad Kyeser's Bellifortis, a codex from the year 1405. The use of chastity belts dates back to the time of the Crusades and its aim was to enforce and ensure womanly fidelity. It was introduced within the framework of the culture of medieval chivalry, so that the knights leaving for battles, pilgrimages or Crusades could be sure of their wives' fidelity, since the unrestricted desire of women seemed untameable. The exhibition shows the history of chastity belts within the history of mentality, the history of sexuality, and the history of medicine from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and the 19th century medicine.