Sexuality in Medieval Europe Doing unto Others

ISBN-10: 0415289637

ISBN-13: 9780415289634

Edition: 2005

Authors: Ruth Mazo Karras

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The topic of sexuality in medieval Europe is a hugely debated area that is becoming more and more central to the study of the Middle Ages. This highly readable new study provides an overview of the subject, demonstrating that medieval culture developed sexual identities that were quite different from the identities we think of today. Using a wide collection of evidence from the late Antique period up until the fifteenth century, this informative and intriguing volume illustrates how sex in medieval times was understood, not as something that two people did together, but as something that one person did to another. Consequently, gender roles and identities were seen very differently from the ways our society defines them. Challenging the way the Middle Ages have been treated in general histories of sexuality, the author shows how views at the time were conflicted and complicated; there was no single medieval attitude towards sexuality any more than there is one modern-day attitude. The well-knownlusty priest and the "repressed" penitent have their roles to play, but set here in a wider context these figures take on fascinating new dimensions. Focusing on "normal" sexual activity as well as what was seen as transgressive, the chaptersbring these classifications into focus, covering topics such as chastity, sex within marriage, the role of the church, and non-reproductive activity. Combining an overview of research on the topic with original interpretations, and quoting extensively from sources from medieval Christian Europe, Jewish medieval culture and the Islamic world, Sexuality in Medieval Europe is essential reading for all those who study Medieval History, or who have an interest in the way sexuality and sexual identity have been viewed in the past.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Sex and the Middle Ages
The Sexuality of Chastity
Sex and Marriage
Women Outside of Marriage
Men Outside of Marriage Afterword: Medieval and Modern Sexuality
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