Damning the Innocent: A History of the Persecution of the Impotent in Pre-revolutionary France
A history of the persecution of the impotent in pre-revolutionary France. A highly praised study by leading British periodicals. "At once appalling and comical."
Introduction Impotence marriage and the Church
The canons of impotence
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