Same-sex couples in the early modern period claimed marriage in their own particular ways.
Author: Katherine Harvey
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 […]
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.
Interview by Katherine Harvey with Jennifer Evans A sweeping history of changing sexual attitudes and behaviours in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Faramerz Dabhoiwala’s The Origins of Sex explores the history of the ‘first sexual revolution’. The book traces the transformation of western approaches to sexuality during the Age of Enlightenment. Dabhoiwala detects […]