Fair ladies in medieval times

Ellie and Lauren. photo by Neda Lundie
Ellie and Lauren. photo by Neda Lundie

With Valentine's Day around the corner and media full of impossibly flawless women promoting the supposed ideal of modern beauty, I thought I'd just remind us all of the medieval standard of what made a lady fair.

A woman was described as "fair" if she had unblemished skin, not only if she was very, very white.    

Pale skin was the ideal in many countries, but for those ladies born with a Spanish or Italian complexion, her "fairness" was judged on her lack of acne, scarring, scrofula or other skin diseases, not her actual whiteness.


default userpic
When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.