Author Interviews

The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal and the Medieval Clergy

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 […]

The Reputation of Edward II

Kit Heyam During his lifetime and the four centuries following his death, King Edward II (1307-1327) acquired a reputation for having engaged in sexual and romantic relationships with his male favourites, and having been murdered by penetration with a red-hot spit. The Reputation of Edward II, 1305-1697: A Literary Transformation of […]

Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers

Tatiana Ivleva and Rob Collins Un-Roman Sex explores how gender and sex were perceived and represented outside the Mediterranean core of the Roman Empire, focusing on gender constructs and sexual behaviours in the provinces and frontier regions. Drawing on literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence, the contributors present new and emerging ideas on […]

Sex, Law and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India, 1891-1937

Sex, Law and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India, 1891-1937 is a microhistory of a law restraining child marriages passed in colonial India in 1929, and a critical account of the emergence of “age” as scientific and governmental object, crucial for upholding the rule of law, for governing intimate life, and for securing gender rights and social justice, in twentieth century India.