Sci­en­tists find me­dieval ver­sion of 50 Shades:

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Sunday Special -

While 50 Shades of Grey is the best­known erotic book of to­day, erot­ica has been around for cen­turies. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Bris­tol have dis­cov­ered frag­ments of Le Ro­man de la Rose — an erotic poem writ­ten in the 1200s. The poem de­scribes a courtier’s at­tempt to woo his lover, Daily Mir­ror reports. Like 50 Shades of Grey, the poem was an ab­so­lute hit when it was re­leased in 1280. The spe­cific pages found de­scribe a sex­ual en­counter be­tween the two main char­ac­ters — the lover and the rose. It in­cludes some rather sugges­tive lines, in­clud­ing a ‘stiff and strong’ staff, and ‘stick­ing it into those ditches’.

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