Handbook of Medieval Sexuality

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Vern L. Bullough, James A. Brundage
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - History - 441 pages
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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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Contents

CONFESSION AND THE STUDY OF SEX IN THE MIDDLE AGES
3
SEX AND CANON LAW
33
WESTERN MEDICINE AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY
51
GENDERED SEXUALITY
81
CHASTE MARRIAGE IN THE MIDDLE AGES IT WERE TO HIRE A GREET MERITE
103
HIDING BEHIND THE UNIVERSAL MAN MALE SEXUALITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
123
VAR1ANCE FROM NORMS
153
HOMOSEXUALITY
155
CASTRATION AND EUNCHISM IN THE MIDDLE AGES
279
CULTURAL ISSUES
307
A NOTE ON RESEARCH INTO JEWISH SEXUALITY IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD
309
A RESEARCH NOTE ON SEXUALITY AND MUSLIM CIVILIZATION
319
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
329
SEXUALITY IN MEDIEVAL FRENCH LITERATURE SEPARES ON EST ENSEMBLE
345
OLD NORSE SEXUALITY MEN WOMEN AND BEASTS
369
SEX ROLES AND THE ROLE OF SEX IN MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
401

TWICE MARGINAL AND TWICE INVISIBLE LESBIANS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
191
CROSS DRESSING AND GENDER ROLE CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
223
PROSTITUTION IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
243
CONTRACEPTION AND EARLY ABORTION IN THE MIDDLE AGES
261
CONTRIBUTORS
427
INDEX
429
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About the author (1996)

James A. Brundage is the Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Law at the University of Kansas. He is the author of nine books, including "Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe," also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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