Catherine Fletcher The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Bodley Head, 2020) is a new history of a familiar era. Focusing on the years 1492-1571, it covers topics including developments in art and literature, the early years of European colonialism, the Italian Wars of 1494-1559, and the […]
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A sixteenth-century scribe recorded the sexual and reproductive behaviour of indigenous women in colonial Mexico.
Five unique historical figures who developed a sense of self that reconciled their sexual nonconformity with their ethical standards.
How venereal disease was represented in eighteenth-century British literature and art.
Early modern travellers found Sweden’s saunas both exotic and erotic, but local attitudes were more complicated.
How have perceptions of magic shaped sexuality, love, and reproduction?
Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common.