Free Read [Nonfiction Book] ó Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others - by Ruth Mazo Karras ✓

By Ruth Mazo Karras | Comments: ( 654 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

Combining research with original interpretations, and quoting sources from medieval Christian Europe, Jewish medieval culture and the Islamic world, this highly readable study provides an overview of medieval culture and how it developed sexual identities that were quite different from the identities we think of today.Using a wide collection of evidence from the late antiqCombining research with original interpretations, and quoting sources from medieval Christian Europe, Jewish medieval culture and the Islamic world, this highly readable study provides an overview of medieval culture and how it developed sexual identities that were quite different from the identities we think of today.Using a wide collection of evidence from the late antique period up until the fifteenth century, this informative and intriguing volume illustrates how sex in medieval times was understood, and how, consequently, gender roles and identities were seen very differently from the ways in which our society defines them.Challenging the way the Middle Ages have been treated in general histories of sexuality, the author examines how views at the time were conflicted and complicated Focusing on normal sexual activity as well as what was seen as transgressive, the chapters cover topics such as chastity, sex within marriage, the role of the church, and non reproductive activity.Sexuality in Medieval Europe is essential reading for all those who study medieval history, or who have an interest in the way sexuality and sexual identity have been viewed in the past.


  • Title: Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others
  • Author: Ruth Mazo Karras
  • ISBN: 9780415289634
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others

  • Miriam Joy

    This had some useful and interesting material, and was on the whole written in a readable enough style. It wasn't, however, as useful as I might have hoped in providing me with specific examples relevant to my dissertation, and as such I have a few major criticisms.Karras never defines how she is using the terms 'medieval' or 'Europe'. The former is frustrating because I'm primarily looking at the early medieval period, and this book spends quite a lot of time talking about the fifteenth century [...]


  • boogenhagen

    Five stars because what this book does is give a good overview about how men and women's roles were viewed in the medieval period. This is important because it is only after you understand the accepted worldview in the time period that you can really understand the exceptions noted throughout history and make an honest evaluation. I recommend it for any one who loves historic romance and wants to see how it differs and yet conforms to actual medieval thought.


  • April

    I had to read this book for class. It's pretty interesting and definately not nearly as boring as I would have expected.


  • Sheila

    I enjoyed how Karrass addressed our modern day construction of sexuality in contrast to the medieval period, destroying any opinion that studying medieval sexuality is irrelevant. She proves that modern law systems and beliefs certainly derive from the past. Two points fueling her thesis is that medieval attitudes about sex were conflicted and complicated and that gender played a fundamental organizing role in medieval sexuality. This is certainly addressed in the sexual rules set by the Church [...]


  • Majed Kraishan

    More needed on linguistic relativity and cultural relativism in this book. A historian is trapped in a dilemma here. . . . We have to attempt to find a balance between assuming that medieval people experienced sexual desire in much the same ways and in the same kinds of circeumstances as modern people do, and assuming that they were so radically different that we cannot know anything about them.


  • Landon

    An excellent and accessible discussion of how medieval people thought about and carried out sexual activity. The author is not notably better as a writer than most academics, but not notably worse, either.


  • Sophie

    Great overview of the field.


  • Heidi Nemo

    Hmmm. More basic and overviewish than I'd hoped, so far. But as a basic overview of what the deal was back in the day, pretty darn clear.


  • Allison Thurman

    The past really IS a foreign country!


  • Tara Bateman

    I thought this was a very interesting and knowledgable overview of what life was like in Medieval Europe. It is thought provoking and a good starting point for anyone interested in this area.


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