Amorous congress: To say two people were engaged in the amorous congress was by far the most polite option on the list, oftentimes serving as the definition for other, less discreet synonyms. – (MentalFloss)
History has been prude-ified, covered with a thick patina of repressed and boring dust. But behind closed doors (or under staircases, in the stables, behind the hedges…), scandalous whispers tell the real story of just what “amorous congress” really meant!
Advice passed down from mother to daughter may have stayed tightly within the confines of propriety, but once the mead, claret, or martinis started flowing, petticoats were shed and history’s most respectable women had much more fun than school textbooks let on.
The internet, not to mention attics, garage sales, and antique bookstores, hold a wealth of information about what real women were told (and then did) throughout history. As I find the titillating bits, I’ll share them here for any history buffs who desire to loosen their corset strings.