|We laugh at the notion don't we? Yet this
medieval device for locking a woman's potential lover out of her bedroom was
a reality. When her husband left her to go to war or any where else for that
matter, he would place and lock the chastity belt on his wife. This
contraption had small spiked holes through which urine, feces, and menstrual
blood might pass - in theory. In practice though, instead it was impossible
to keep sanitary. Vaginal infections, skin eruptions and ulcers were
inevitable, even if only worn for a short time, and yet many woman had to
endure this form of imprisonment for months and even years.
In 1889 the skeleton of a woman was found in a 15th century graveyard, still wearing her chastity belt, which probably caused her death.