Jus primae noctis: Did Medieval Lords Really Sleep With Serf Brides First?

A knight taking a serf bride off to fulfill his right of jus primae noctis, or first night intercourse.	Source: diter/Adobe Stock

The jus primae noctis, droit du seigneur, or “right of the first night,” is an alleged medieval custom which permitted lords to engage in sexual intercourse with the brides of their male subjects on the first night after marriage.

Source: Ancient Origins

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