The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages

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The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages

The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages

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Being the most fundamental biological goal, studying it is bound to reveal a good deal about the mores and thoughts of its practitioners. Anybody going into this with a notion of the middle ages as "The Dark Ages" will hopefully begin to realise how misinformed they were.

Book Review: Jack Kerouac’s “Pic” — Last But Not Least In "On the Road," Jack Kerouac voiced a longing to be “.The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages was published in October 2021 by Reaktion Books, and is distributed by University of Chicago Press in the US.

Was it Bertrand Russell who opined that, of all the sexual possibilities, the most perverse was abstinence? The style of the writing is engaging – it takes the subject matter and makes it fun, whilst still treating some of the very serious subject matter with the sensitivity it deserves. Because there was a law about something, detailing the relevant penalty doesn’t mean the punishment was always, or even usually, carried out. I can’t think of more brilliant Christmas book to give to one’s significant other if they have even a passing interest in medieval Europe or the rich and extraordinary sex life of its inhabitants. or falling into the trap of believing an absence of evidence for some behaviours and attitudes means they didn’t happen.One of the best known was St Agnes, a thirteen-year-old girl who faced torments including imprisonment in a brothel and a miraculously unsuccessful burning before she was eventually stabbed to death. Stain that surviving record with occasionally virulent misogyny and to what extent the complicated and contradictory picture that emerges reflects the real experiences of people has to be in doubt. Every story and contradiction adds to the understanding of the complicated thing that is medieval sex history.

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