Handbook of Medieval Sexuality / Edition 1

Handbook of Medieval Sexuality / Edition 1

by Vern L. Bullough
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815336624

ISBN-13: 9780815336624

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Like specialists in other fields in humanities and social sciences, medievalists have begun to investigate and write about sex and related topics such as courtship, concubinage, divorce, marriage, prostitution, and child rearing. The scholarship in this significant volume asserts that sexual conduct formed a crucial role in the lives, thoughts, hopes and fears both

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Like specialists in other fields in humanities and social sciences, medievalists have begun to investigate and write about sex and related topics such as courtship, concubinage, divorce, marriage, prostitution, and child rearing. The scholarship in this significant volume asserts that sexual conduct formed a crucial role in the lives, thoughts, hopes and fears both of individuals and of the institutions that they created in the middle ages.
The absorbing subject of sexuality in the Middle Ages is examined in 19 original articles written specifically for this "Handbook" by the major authorities in their scholarly specialties. The study of medieval sexuality poses problems for the researcher: indices in standard sources rarely refer to sexual topics, and standard secondary sources often ignore the material or say little about it. Yet a vast amount of research is available, and the information is accessible to the student who knows where to look and what to look for. This volume is a valuable guide to the material and an indicator of what subjects are likely to yield fresh scholarly rewards.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815336624
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Sales rank:
1,018,221
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1Confession and the Study of Sex in the Middle Ages3
Ch. 2Sex and Canon Law33
Ch. 3Western Medicine and Natural Philosophy51
Ch. 4Gendered Sexuality81
Ch. 5Chaste Marriage in the Middle Ages: "It were to hire a greet merite"103
Ch. 6Hiding Behind the Universal Man: Male Sexuality in the Middle Ages123
Ch. 7Homosexuality155
Ch. 8Twice Marginal and Twice Invisible: Lesbians in the Middle Ages191
Ch. 9Cross Dressing and Gender Role Change in the Middle Ages223
Ch. 10Prostitution in Medieval Europe243
Ch. 11Contraception and Early Abortion in the Middle Ages261
Ch. 12Castration and Eunuchism in the Middle Ages279
Ch. 13A Note on Research into Jewish Sexuality in the Medieval Period309
Ch. 14A Research Note on Sexuality and Muslim Civilization319
Ch. 15Eastern Orthodox Christianity329
Ch. 16Sexuality in Medieval French Literature: "Separes, on est Ensemble"345
Ch. 17Old Norse Sexuality: Men, Women, and Beasts369
Ch. 18Sex Roles and the Role of Sex in Medieval English Literature401
Contributors427
Index429

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