Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages

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Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Larissa Tracy (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013). xiii + 351 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-351-1. £60.00. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays addressing the archaeological, historical, religious, legal-historical, and literary evidence for castration in the late classical and medieval periods, with the concluding essay taking the concept forward into the early modern period. There is an introduction by the editor, followed by fourteen essays. These are: Kathryn Reusch, 'Raised voices: the archaeology of castration'; Shaun Tougher, 'The aesthetics of castration: the beauty of Roman eunuchs'; Jack Collins, 'Appropriation and development of castration as symbol and practice in early Christianity'; Larissa Tracy, "'Al defouleden is holie bodi": castration, the sexualisation of torture, and anxieties of identity in the South English Legendary'-, Rolf H. Bremmer Jr, 'The children he never had: the husband she never served: castration and genital mutilation in medieval Frisian law'; Jay Paul Gates, 'The Fulmannod society: social valuing of the (male) legal subject'; Charlene M. …

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