Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History: Sexuality and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History: Sexuality and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

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Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History: Sexuality and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, ed. Philip M. Soergel, Third Series, II (New York: AMS Press, 2005). xvi + 286 pp. ISBN 0-404-645;2-6. $89.50. This new volume in the periodical series Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History treats sexuality and culture in medieval and early modern Europe from a variety of critical perspectives and in a variety of discourses and disciplines: history, science, medicine, religion, politics, and art. Essays challenge the studies of Thomas Laqueur and Londa Schiebinger, which situate a revolution in ideas about sexuality in the eighteenth century, to argue for the complexity and variety of earlier theories of sexuality. In the opening 'Forum', Helen King explores the importance of the Hippocratic corpus and its theory, which contrasts with Galen's one-sex model (assumed by Laqueur to be universally held in the Middle Ages), and Monica Green offers a detailed account of recent work on medieval women's medicine. …

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