Obscenity is useful as a tool for teaching about sex and consent in the Middle Ages, and today.
Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society
Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society explores early medieval understandings of sin, looking in particular at childhood, sexuality and violence.
Like a Virgin? The Medieval Origins of a Modern Debate
A recent Vatican ruling on consecrated virgins has caused controversy, but there are medieval precedents for the new approach.
Do I have to have sex with my spouse? Two medieval answers
What role did sex play in medieval marriages, and did spouses owe each other a ‘marital debt’?
Inventing Incest in Early Medieval Europe
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.
Child Sexual Abuse? A View from England in the Later Middle Ages
Bringing sex offenders to justice was as challenging in the Middle Ages as it is today.
Maleficent Favourites: Seductive Bewitchment at the English Court
Accusations of witchcraft were often used to explain away transgressive behaviour between kings and favourites.