A recent Vatican ruling on consecrated virgins has caused controversy, but there are medieval precedents for the new approach.
Tag: medieval sexuality
The sixth century saw the emergence of a new understanding of the concept of incest, which was swiftly legislated in both secular and canon law.
Bringing sex offenders to justice was as challenging in the Middle Ages as it is today.
Accusations of witchcraft were often used to explain away transgressive behaviour between kings and favourites.
Three historians explore the legacy of John Boswell’s landmark text.
Robert Mills reflects on the impact of Boswell’s work on his own gay and scholarly identities.
Boswell’s ‘Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” often excludes women from its analysis of medieval same-sex relations.