In a message dated 4/3/03 7:01:33 PM Pacific Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:

Since my reply to this seemed to evoke confusion, I am replying again.
"Most great Medieval thinkers" is so vast a set that I do not think any valid
claim can possibly be made about them.  Is this early and late Medieval?
All countries?  Mystics and all others?  Chaucer?  My point is that
humans vary immensely in their ideas in all times and places.

From Boethius (the last classical thinker and first medieval thinker) through at Least Chaucer [and so maybe I am abandoning the very late Middle Ages] there is a mode of thinking [at least partially, if not greatly influenced by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Mystics] that the act of copulation is created by God to demonstrate to humans how divinity works.  1+1=3 is a kind of Kabbalistic mantra -- there is always something more there.  This is why Dante is so Vehemently anti-homosexual and anti-usurist.   Homosexuals cannot make a third from their couple and Usurers make something from an inanimate object (money).  This thread runs through Medieval literature (at least Medieval English and Italian and Provencal literature), just read _The Pearl_ or _Sir Gawain and the Green Knight_