The uncontrollable virginity of women has become as dangerous to the Church as uncontrollable sexuality. There are those who question all aspects of women and who see the female as the harbinger of the Devil, bewitching all men with her cunning.
[seeing the Abbot's man Richard pursuing her servant girl
Is he bewitched, Father Henry?
Aye, he is... and I dread the day when the honest affection between a man and a woman could be seen as the work of the Devil.