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The History of Chastity Belts

The History of Chastity Belts
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A device that was meant to keep women’s virtue safe. Although many of us know about it, most people don’t know about curious little secrets and features it had. Therefore, let’s go back in time to learn about its story and creation specifics.

The first appearance of Chastity Belt occurred in the Ancient Greece. Slaves wore a leather belt. The main purpose of it was to prevent female slaves from getting pregnant. As a pregnant woman can’t work like the rest and it is an undesirable side-effect for a Master.

The invention of Ancient Greeks came back to trend in Medieval times. The tradition to “lock” a wife while working or going to crusade was renewed by some German baron (unfortunately, his name wasn’t found). This person took this belt on his wife and took it off with his own hands every time he went travelling.

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The thing was a real torturing device: a cumbersome construction with dozens of small locks that covered the bottom part of poor women. There were two little holes in it made for doing one’s doings. You could forget about hygiene with such a concept. The way, an only key to open the belt and release them from that horror had always been at their husbands’ pockets.

New trends

Men loved this innovative device of German Monarch. Soon enough, entire Europe, and mostly Italy, had Chastity Belts come into fashion. The “new models” had no clear differences if compared with Greek “keepers”. The former ones had another material: in addition to bovine skin there were iron, silver, and golden variants incused and incrusted. The best items were produced in Bergamo and Venice. Afterwards they were named after the cities they were created in: Bergamo and Venetian locks.

The first items that were saved up to our time were made in XVI century. Here we may mention an exploration that was done by archaeologists in the grave of young woman with a rusted Chastity belt on her. That century was the beginning of mass production of these items.

It is worth mentioning that Chastity belt was rather expensive. So only rich people could afford wearing it. And it was considered to be an official women's chastity protector. Mothers proudly announced to the grooms that their daughters had "Venetian locks" since latter were children. For men, such a bride was a real treasure, since at that time seeing a 15-year-old virgin was equally to meeting a unicorn. The belt key was kept by vigilant mother all these years. On the day of the wedding, she solemnly handed over the key to her daughter's virginity to her son-in-law. From that moment he became the sole possessor of this precious wealth.

No rest for the poor
These belts were in great demand during the Crusades. While going to war for several years, the knight was not sure about the faithfulness of the lady of the heart, so he dressed her in a humiliating "underwear". And the unfortunate woman had to endure this torment: they rubbed their own calluses on the loins and in intimate places, sometimes even bedsores appeared, and the figure changed.

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From time to time, the sufferer had to be freed from this nightmare, because of fears for her life - after a special court decision, curated by the church authorities, the "plumbing operation" was held. Needless to say, the husband was precedingly notified, so that the jealous man, wouldn’t kill his wife after coming back home and seeing her freed.

There were also some tragic outcomes. Not so long ago in the ruins of the castles in Bavaria, ancient burial places were found. There were female skeletons, "decorated" with rusty remnants of the Belts of Chastity. As historians believe, these are the remains of unhappy widows whose husbands did not return from military campaigns, and they had to keep adultery until deaths.



The age when the Belts were created also made an antidote. Those who produced these “noble” items created key duplicates for women and/or their side-lovers. It wasn’t a mystery as the entire idea was terrible and made more jokes, than understanding. There was canvas that showed a knight leaving a castle with a key to his Lady’s belt and another knight (without armor) waiting in the bushes with the same key.



Those men who understood the vulnerability of their “treasures” asked jewelers for help. A special upgrade allowed men to track the attempts to pick the lock of the belt. If the husband didn’t do the improvement, the lock could be picked easily with a knife or even a nail.

Chastity Belts are still being created, but we'll cover the topic of modern belts in one of the next articles.

2018-03-29

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