Holding it Straight: Sexual Orientation in the Middle Ages

Historians tend to be reticent about applying the phrase ‘sexual orientation’ to periods before the nineteenth century, but should we be so quick to dismiss the concept? Focusing on depictions of virgins and sodomites — two seemingly opposing categories — this talk explores how medieval encounters with sex were shaped by concepts of space and orientation. (From Soundcloud)

A lecture by Dr Robert Mills, UCL History of Art, Autumn 2013 (video)

Bob Mills also appeared in Inside Medieval Mind BBC documentary series, episode Sex, speaking about medieval sodomy.

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