Et s'elle a trop grosses mamelles,
Prengne couvrechief ou touailles,
Dont sur le pis se face estraindre,
Et tout autour ses cottes ceindre;
Puis atachier, couldre et nouer,
Lors se peut bien aller jouer.
And if her breasts are too big,
Let her take a kerchief or cloth
To bind them against her chest
And wrap it all around her ribs,
And then to fasten it, stitch it up and tie it,
Then she may well go to her sport.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
More on Medieval Breast Control
Medieval Silkworks has a nice collection of written sources on the subject, including a quote from the Roman de la Rose. Here is the original French and my own translation.