Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common.
Dabhoiwala traces the transformation of western approaches to sexuality during the Enlightenment.
At the turn of the 19th century, opponents of Edward Jenner’s method for preventing smallpox likened vaccination to bestiality.
A round-up of recent blog-posts on pre-modern history.
Aphrodisiacs were widely understood to be a central component in the fight against infertility.
‘Hermaphrodites’ represented a true puzzle for the authorities and local community.
What does censorship of John Cleland’s novel tell us about attitudes to female pleasure?