Catherine Fletcher The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Bodley Head, 2020) is a new history of a familiar era. Focusing on the years 1492-1571, it covers topics including developments in art and literature, the early years of European colonialism, the Italian Wars of 1494-1559, and the […]
Tag: early modern
A sixteenth-century scribe recorded the sexual and reproductive behaviour of indigenous women in colonial Mexico.
This book takes us through the lives of five unique historical figures who developed a sense of self that reconciled their sexual nonconformity with their ethical standards.
Noelle Gallagher Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination is a lively interdisciplinary study of how venereal disease was represented in eighteenth-century British literature and art. By unpicking the slang, symbolism and wordplay through which VD was usually represented, it sheds new light on a subject which was often shrouded […]
Early modern travellers found Sweden’s saunas both exotic and erotic, but local attitudes were more complicated.
Sexual behaviour was strictly regulated in late medieval and Tudor England.
How have perceptions of magic shaped sexuality, love, and reproduction?