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‘The best short introduction to medieval sexuality that I have read: a remarkable book.’
- Vern Bullough, Reviews in History
'Undergraduate and graduate students will find in Karras’ book an extremely helpful guide to what can be a confusing and perplexing body of scholarship. Even established scholars are likely to find it enlightening as well as enjoyable.'
- James Brundage, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
" ... a comprehensive guide to medieval sexualities that will not only not bewilder undergraduates with its complexity and unfamiliarity, but will interest and even encourage them to read and research further."
- Juanita Ferros-Ruys, Parergon:
"One of the great points of this book is to tell us that the way we think about sexuality, desire and our bodies is not so different from the way others thought about the same topics even a thousand years ago. In fact, this book has established "that there was indeed a field of discourse that could be called 'sexuality' in the Middle Ages" (155). This conclusion, in itself, warrants buying, reading, and suggesting this book to others."
- Anne Gilmour-Bryson, Journal of the History of Sexuality
"Sexuality in Medieval Europe is an impressively synthetic and highly readable survey of current scholarship (particularly historical scholarship) on medieval sexuality that will be of considerable use in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching."
- Emma Campbell, Signs
"Karras brings together a number of subjects of interest to medievalists in general and feminist medievalists in particular, chief among them the conflicted and complex attitudes towards sexuality in medieval culture and the disparate ways these attitudes are represented and interpreted, both then and now."
- Catherine Cox, Medieval Feminist Newsletter