Same-sex couples in the early modern period claimed marriage in their own particular ways.
‘The witch is a witch not only because she magically devours, destroys, or rides wolves, but also because she has sex with the devil.’
In their confessions at the East Anglian witch trials, accused women combined their understanding of the devil with sexual fantasies.
The ‘French disease’ erupted in Europe in 1495.
Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common.
Dabhoiwala traces the transformation of western approaches to sexuality during the Enlightenment.
At the turn of the 19th century, opponents of Edward Jenner’s method for preventing smallpox likened vaccination to bestiality.