Dyan Elliott In the fourth century, clerics began to distinguish themselves from members of the laity by virtue of their augmented claims to holiness. Because clerical celibacy was key to this distinction, religious authorities of all stripes—patristic authors, popes, theologians, canonists, monastic founders, and commentators—became progressively sensitive to sexual scandals […]
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Medieval people feared that the Black Death was a punishment for sin, and hoped that abstaining from sex could save them.
Medieval theologians, like modern activists, used animals to make arguments about human sexuality.
Obscenity is useful as a tool for teaching about sex and consent in the Middle Ages, and today.
Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society explores early medieval understandings of sin, looking in particular at childhood, sexuality and violence.
A recent Vatican ruling on consecrated virgins has caused controversy, but there are medieval precedents for the new approach.
What role did sex play in medieval marriages, and did spouses owe each other a ‘marital debt’?