The potty humor of the Middle Ages

In an article for the Chronicle for Higher Education Evan R. Goldstein reviews On Farting: Laughter and Language in the Middle Ages by Valerie Allen, a new work that looks at the use of low humor in literature of the period.

Goldstein writes:

"Allen uses flatulence as a prism through which to explore the entertainment mores of medieval society. Roland's popularity calls to mind our own longstanding (if sometimes sheepish) embrace of bathroom humor."