Sexual Practices & the Medieval Church
The book analyzes Christian assumptions about sexuality, chronicles the early institutionalization of these assumptions, and explores the theological debate about the meaning of marriage and the role of sex in marriage. The theological conception of sex, including issues such as rape, seduction, impotence, and prostitution, is then examined as it came to be developed by canon lawyers and justified by medical and scientific writers. The book concludes with an overview of late medieval sex practices as seen in the literature of the period and in demographic studies.
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The Prostitute in the Early Middle Ages
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