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with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and ...
with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and illegitimacy, clerical sexuality, witchcraft and love magic, homosexuality, and moral crimes. It
examines learned and popular notions of sexuality in and outside of Christian Europe, the development of institutions to enforce Christian standards, and the role of class, race, family, economy, and local traditions in shaping sexual behavior.
Merry Wiesner-Hanks sets her
findings within the context of many historical fields--the history of sexuality and the body, women's history, legal, religious and gay and lesbian history, and colonial studies--and provides readers with an introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues in each of these
Chapter One: Christianity to 1500
Chapter Two: Protestantism in Europe
Chapter Three: Catholicism and Orthodoxy in Europe
Chapter Four: Latin America
Chapter Five: Africa and Asia
Chapter Six: North America
*Includes bibliographies discussing major books and articles at the end of each chapter