There are some striking similarities between medieval devotional practices and modern mindfulness exercises, especially with regard to the role of the body in meditation.
Writing a history of emotions is no easy task. How can we find out how people felt in the past? Where can we find traces of their emotions?
The late medieval author Dirc Potter gave his readers dating advice, specifying not only what to do at each stage of love but also where to do it. Not surprisingly, the last stage of love takes place in the privacy of the bedroom.