Laudo nuptias, laudo coniugium, sed quia mihi virgines generant. Ad uxorem, i, 7 and 9: non aliud dicendum erit secundum matrimonium quam species stupri. Jerome, Epist., 123. See also id., Epistola de viduitate servanda, Migne 22, p. 550, and the Epist. de monogamia, Migne, 22, p. 1046. Ambrose, de viduis liber unus, Migne, 16, p. 234. Cf.
They, at least, foresaw the peril that was overhanging Oxford, and they gave such warning as they could. Let that be remembered to their credit. Let that incline us to think more gently of them. In their lives we know, they were infamous, some of them "nihil non commiserunt stupri, saevitiae, impietatis." But are they too little punished, after all?