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Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others Author: Ruth Mazo Karras
Title: Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others
ISBN: 0415289629
ISBN13: 978-0415289627
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Pages: 212 pages
Publisher: Routledge (May 19, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Other
Size PDF version: 1639 kb
Size EPUB version: 1881 kb
Subcategory: Humanities




Combining researchwith original interpretations, and quoting sources from medieval Christian Europe, Jewish medieval culture and the Islamic world, this highly readable study provides an overview of medieval culture and how it 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, and how, consequently, gender roles and identities were seen very differently from the ways in which our society defines them.

Challenging the way the Middle Ages have been treated in general histories of sexuality, the author examines how views at the time were conflicted and complicated. Focusing on 'normal' sexual activity as well as what was seen as transgressive, the chapters cover topics such as chastity, sex within marriage, the role of the church, and non-reproductive activity.

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.