A recent Vatican ruling on consecrated virgins has caused controversy, but there are medieval precedents for the new approach.
Author: Katherine Harvey
Sexual behaviour was strictly regulated in late medieval and Tudor England.
Same-sex couples in the early modern period claimed marriage in their own particular ways.
Three historians explore the legacy of John Boswell’s landmark text.
With the new religion came new attitudes to sexual behaviour and morality
John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
Interview by Katherine Harvey In The Manly Priest: Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform in England and Normandy, 1066-1300, Jennifer Thibodeaux tells the story of the imposition of clerical celibacy in the Anglo-Norman realms. For much of the medieval period, priests in both England and Normandy were not only permitted to marry, but […]