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 […]
While sodomy in Medieval Britain and Europe was seemingly regarded as unmentionable, artists developed strategies of depicting taboo practices. Dr Robert Mills (UCL History of Art) examines an era of art history that has hitherto been much neglected in studies of forbidden sexual practices and images of judgment and punishment. (From Soundcloud) Bob Mills also […]
Leading authority on the Middle Ages, Professor Robert Bartlett presents a series which examines the way we thought during medieval times. He unearths remarkable evidence of the complex passions of medieval men and women. The Church preached hatred of the flesh, promoted the cult of virginity and condemned woman as the sinful heir to Eve. […]
The Troubadour’s Lady Reconsidered Again Author(s): Don A. Monson Source: Speculum, Vol. 70, No. 2 (Apr., 1995), pp. 255-274 Published by: Medieval Academy of America Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2864893 This article can be retrieved from JSTOR digital library.
A substantial article for understanding key characteristics of Courtly love and its distinction from Courtliness. You will learn about its origins, influences, crucial terms, and its principles demonstrated by quotations of significant authors. Courtly Love and Courtliness Author(s): Alexander J. Denomy Source: Speculum, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan., 1953), pp. 44-63 Published by: Medieval Academy […]