From Sappho to De Sade: Moments in the History of Sexuality by Jan Bremmer

By Jan Bremmer

The historical past of sexuality is a topic of accelerating value within the interpretation of earlier attitudes. but historians have only in the near past began to review sexual practices and to set up that sexuality isn't a organic consistent yet an ever-changing phenomenon, always being formed by way of humans themselves. Few sexual attitudes are immutable, and incest, homosexuality, pornography, and masturbation, for instance, were the topic of extensively differing critiques at diverse classes of historical past. The individuals convey their services in historical in addition to medieval heritage, anthropology, glossy background, and psychology to endure upon the heritage of sexuality. They discover numerous features of sexuality in successive classes: pederasty and lesbian love in antiquity, incest within the heart a while, sexual schooling throughout the Dutch Republic, voyeurism within the rococo, prostitution in Vienna round 1900, and the discovery of sexology. This publication could be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers of historical past, sociology, cultural stories and social paintings.

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Stephanus could have thought of simpler ways of accomplishing the same end. It would seem that this count took his confessor's instructions seriously and was prepared to pay a high price for his salvation. He was not alone in this,^^ And, even if he was cynically abusing the decrees against incest, this in no way implies that they remained a dead letter. On the contrary, the ability to manipulate or circumvent particular laws indicates at least some familiarity with the standards they set. If Stephanus really was anxious to rid himself of his spouse, he knew very well what he was doing - just like the mothers who sponsored their own children in confirmation.

The result was that kin by marriage as well as consanguineous relatives had to be taken into account when choosing a marriage partner. Even worse, the underlying logic of this principle meant that even extra-marital relations of themselves created kinship. An 'affair' with a woman automatically excluded all her kin from consideration as legitimate marriage partners. Around the middle of the ninth century the impressive construction of legislation against incest was almost complete. Marriage was forbidden within the degrees of kinship, up to the seventh generatio or 'as far as memory could go back' - which to all intents and purposes amounted to the same t h i n g .

It is staggering to reflect on the consequences of this decree for the newly converted Christians who calculated in the 'Germanic' way. Or was there some kind of misunderstanding? Could it be that the popes counted in the Roman manner and so erroneously laid an incomprehensibly heavy interdict on people who calculated kinship differently? Possibly. However, generaiio points in another direction, because this expression does not belong to Roman law, but to the Vulgate. '^ Biblical usage undoubtedly contributed to a growing preference for this term in matters regarding kinship and incest, which becomes visible in ecclesiastical and secular sources from the eighth century onwards.

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