About Me

Hi.  I’m Rachel. Some folks call me Esa. I am a researcher of women’s health from the ancient world to the middle ages, with special emphasis on menstruation, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. My interest in medieval women goes hand-in-hand with my interest in witchcraft (both modern and historical) and the long legacy of the witch archetype.

Lady Esa on the OP. 

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Azure, in pale a salmon and a loaf of bread, a bordure embattled argent.

My heraldry is inspired by the medieval “love loaves” and other food magic, and the persecution of women that beliefs like these incited. We may make light of absurd tragedy, but let us never forget. 

The desperate mistress was condemned for using magic to incite love. Successes were claimed to have been accomplished by her serving a man bread she had kneaded with her buttocks or a fish she had previously inserted into her vagina.”

-From the Buchard of Worms, as quoted in McLaren’s History of Contraception (pg.85).


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