‘The witch is a witch not only because she magically devours, destroys, or rides wolves, but also because she has sex with the devil.’
Witchcraft Confessions and Sexual Fantasies during the English Civil War
In their confessions at the East Anglian witch trials, accused women combined their understanding of the devil with sexual fantasies.
Sores, Scorn and Stigma? Suffering Syphilis in Early Modern Germany
The ‘French disease’ erupted in Europe in 1495.
“She was both Poxt and Clapt together”: Confessions of Sexual Secrets in Eighteenth-Century Venereal Cases
Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common.
The Origins of Sex: An Interview With Faramerz Dabhoiwala
Dabhoiwala traces the transformation of western approaches to sexuality during the Enlightenment.
Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox
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.