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Sex Crimes from Renaissance to Enlightenment

Sex with Man, Beast and Satan

By (author) Bill Naphy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: NPI Media Group
Published: 1st Oct 2002
Dimensions: w 176mm h 248mm
Weight: 476g
ISBN-10: 0752423371
ISBN-13: 9780752423371
Barcode No: 9780752423371
This work looks at the cyclical movement of Europe from implicit sexual tolerance to repression to sexual liberalisation and open toleration. Cultural historian William Naphy considers the whole gamut of sexual activity which could result in a criminal prosecution and, usually, execution. He considers those types of behaviour considered criminal but ?natural? (adultery, bigamy, fornication, rape, prostitution), ?unnatural? sex (masturbation, incest, child abuse, same-sex relations), and finally ?inhuman, unnatural? sex (bestiality, sex with Satan). Naphy emphasises the modernity of the past in its attitudes while highlighting those areas where socially constructed attitudes most differ from the present day.

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