European Sexualities, 1400-1800

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 18, 2007 - History - 246 pages
This is a major new survey of the social and cultural history of sexuality in early modern Europe. Within a frame that includes the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, it weaves together statistical findings, discussions of changing sexual ideology, and evidence of belief structures regarding family, religion, science, crime, and deviance. While broad in overall scope and coverage, the transformations are framed to highlight the narrative of change over time within each domain. By emphasizing the interrelationship between practices and ideological change - in family form, religious organization, medical logic, legal structures, and notions of deviancy - Katherine Crawford's accessible survey reveals how these changes produced the conditions in which our modern notions of sexuality were developed. This book will be essential reading for students of early modern European history and the history of sexuality.

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2 Religion and sexuality
3 The science of sex
left organs on the right and vice versa37 Dramatic birth
4 Sex and crime
executioner put the ass to death In a 1601 case
Michele Dolfin tied up Pietro Condulmer and beat him with
than beauty and even less Love7 The Spaniard Francisco Farfan
hermaphroditism initially in ways that were sympathetic to

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Katherine Crawford is Assistant Professor in History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Perilous Performances: Gender and Regency in Early Modern France (2004).

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