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The term cuckold refers to the husband of an adulterous wife. In evolutionary biology, the term is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own. (Step-Fathers)

Although cuckoldry was a predominately-male crime, the cheating wife was by no means safe from the community’s criticism. She would be seen as a scold who abused her husband in addition to disrespecting him by seeing other men. To punish such disorderly women, Tudor-era (1457 – 1509) people could resort to shaming-rituals of varying degrees of severity.

That the horns are symbol of unwareness on one’s own status of being cheated to

“…Cuckolds and their attendant horns provided a source of humor that was notably widespread during the seventeenth century, especially in plays, and then sharply curtailed afterward. Professor, Claire McEachern argues that horn humor was prevalent because it allowed a ludic response, collective laughter and even enjoyment to the anxieties provoked by the Protestant theology. The cuckolds’ horns, because they represent ignorance of one’s own status, resonate with the uncertainties of soteriology, while other widely disseminated symbolic registers of the horn expand the leverage of the ludic response….”

That the cheated to husbands are “horny”=unsatisfied, because their wives are spending their energy on satisfying someone else. In any case, this seems to be a later image, staring it earliest in the early Middle Ages, and then it has nothing to do with antiquity and the symbolic meaning of horns then. [99]

Trotula de Ruggierowas devoted to the study of women’ diseases, of which she tried to capture the secrets, without being influenced by the prejudices and morals of her time, also giving advice on how to placate sexual desire: in her work abstinence is seen as a cause of illness and she recommends sedative remedies like musk oil or mint (11TH CENTURY). [100]

Mr. Marryat found a curious legend amongst the Danes regarding the cuckoo. ‘When in early spring time the voice of the cuckoo is first heard in the woods, every village girl kisses her hand, and asks the question, “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! When shall I be released from the world’s cares?” The bird, in answer, continues singing “Cuckoo!” as many times as years will come to pass.  But as some old people live to an advanced age, and many girls die old maids, the poor bird has so much to do in answering the questions put to her, that the building season goes by; she has no time to make her nest, but lays her eggs in that of the hedge-sparrow.’

The notion which couples the name of the cuckoo with the character of the man whose wife is unfaithful to him, appears to have been derived from the Romans, and is first found in the Middle Ages in France, and in the countries of which the modern language is derived from the Latin.  We are not aware that it existed originally among the Teutonic race, and we have doubtless received it through the Normans. The opinion that the cuckoo made no nest of its own, but laid its eggs in that of another bird which brought up the young cuckoo to the detriment of its own offspring, was well known to the ancients, and is mentioned by Aristotle and Pliny.  But they more correctly gave the name of the bird not to the husband of the faithless wife, but to her paramour, who might justly be supposed to be acting the part of the cuckoo. They gave the name of the bird in whose nest the cuckoo’s eggs were usually deposited, curruca, to the husband.  It is not quite clear how, in the passage from classic to medieval, the application of the term was transferred to the husband.

There are, or have been not long ago, in different parts of England, Remnants of other old customs, marking the position which the cuckoo held in the superstitions of the Middle Ages. In Shropshire, till very recently, when the first cuckoo was heard, the labourers were in the habit of leaving their work, making holiday of the rest of the day, and carousing in what they called the cuckoo ale. Among the peasantry in some parts of the kingdom, it is considered to be very unlucky to have no money in your pocket when you hear the cuckoo’s note for the first time in the season. It was also a common article of belief, that if a maiden ran into the fields early in the morning, to hear the first note of the cuckoo, and when she heard it took off her left shoe and looked into it, she would there find a man’s hair of the same colour as that of her future husband.[101]

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