Sex in History

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Abacus, 1989 - Sex customs - 488 pages
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SEX IN HISTORY chronicles the pleasures- and perils- of the flesh from the time of mankind's distant ancestors to the modern day; from a sexual act which was bried, crude and purposeful, to the myriad varieties of contemporary sexual mores.

Reay Tannahill's scholarly, yet accessible study ranges from the earliest form of contraception (one Egyptian concoction included crocodile dung) to some latter- day misconceptions about it- like the men who joined their lovers in taking the pill 'just to be on the safe side.' It surveys all manner of sexual practice, preference and position (the acrobatic 'wheelbarrow' position, the strenuous 'hovering butterflies' position...) and draws on souces as diverse as THE ADMIRABLE DISCOURSES OF THE PLAIN GIRL, the EXHIBTION OF FEMALE FLAGELLANTS, IMPORTANT MATTERS OF THE JADE CHAMBER and THE ROMANCE OF CHASTISEMENT.

Whether writing on androgyny, courtly love, flagellation or zoophilia, Turkish eunuch's Greek dildoes, Taoist sex manuals or Japanses geisha girls, Reay Tannahill is consistently enlightening and entertaining.

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User Review  - J. Yandell - Goodreads

Fascinating book! Sex permeates so much of history and the human experience, so it's wonderful to find a book that delves so deeply into the subject. It is delightful and entertaining, and Reay Tannahill's scholarship is impressive. Read full review

Review: Sex in History

User Review  - Goodreads

Fascinating book! Sex permeates so much of history and the human experience, so it's wonderful to find a book that delves so deeply into the subject. It is delightful and entertaining, and Reay Tannahill's scholarship is impressive. Read full review

About the author (1989)

After a varied career, Reay Tannahill was asked to write a short illustrated history of Regency England. Then she wrote several books - both non-fiction and fiction. PASSING GLORY won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. She died in December 2007.

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