- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword History (11 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1526714493
- ISBN-13: 978-1526714497
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sexuality and its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare Paperback – 11 Apr 2018
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About the Author
Hunter S, Jones is passionate about the history of romance, science and music, a.k.a. sex, drugs and rock & roll. She has a popular history blog, and is the author of the best-selling Anne Boleyn story, Phoenix Rising. She is a historian for Past Preservers Casting. When she isn't writing, talking or tweeting about kings, queens and rock stars, she's living the dream in Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband. Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare is her first collection of historical essays and she is delighted to work with the talented team of: Emma Haddon-Wright, Annie Whitehead, Jessica Cale, Judith Arnopp, Gayle Hulme, and Dr. Beth Lynne. To find out more, visit: historyrocks.us.
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Learnt about Anglo Saxon noblewoman Lady Godiva one of only three English names to be recorded in The Domesday Book.
A newly crowned Anglo Saxon King found in bed shortly after his Coronation with his young wife and her mother.
The medieval Art of Courtly Love and the thoughts on contraception and abortion therein.
The twists and turns in the fate of Royal women in Tudor and Stuart England and Scotland, in one case dangerous love poetry.
The laws that have changed women's rights to succession and the implications caused throughout history.
And finally the not so prudish Victorians and their double standards. Three amazing women who courted and loved by royality and rich men around the world.
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Sexuality and Its Impact on History provides delightfully crafted insights into how sex and sexuality have always been driving influences in our social and political landscapes. The relationships between religious morality and the reality of human sex lives are vital to our understanding of how we got to today. When history is presented without these details and contexts, it can feel hollow and alien to our understanding. We may experience a disconnect, and something gets lost. It is often said that every generation thinks it invented sex, as if it never existed before them. Sexuality and Its Impact on History shows that we need not neglect the sexual component in our life tapestries and provides a wealth of insight into some of those vital backstories.
Each essay offers the treasures of a devoted author's deep-dive research. Sexuality and Its Impact on History is presented with the finesse of accessibility to the layperson, whilst avoiding direction or condescension to the more knowledgeable. It offers a balance of being both entertaining and educational in equal measure. Having sparked my interest in several periods of history i had overlooked through lack of stimulating content, I am keen to read more of each of the contributors. Although the historic detail, cited and considered at every turn, may contain salacious modern tabloid-worthy juicy details, the writing is anything but, and is thoughtful throughout. The selection of images included contains photographs taken by authors which i found added to my immersion in the worlds they have dedicated their studies to.
This anthology is bursting at the seams with riveting historical perspectives. Godiva's legend is all the more fascinating in light of the legacy it has left in politics, in art and modern culture today. Whilst smearing someone's character with a scandalous sex story is all too familiar in 21st century, it was a revelation that this was practiced in the 8th Century! There are surprises abound as each chapter reveals something contrary to modern beliefs about the past. Sexuality and Its Impact on History suggests that our values about consent, marriage, contraception, abortion and fidelity were surprisingly dynamic throughout the ages and evolved from complex legal and power struggles.
In a present-day atmosphere of #MeToo discussions over sexual abuse as power and control it is astonishing to look back and explore just how trapped even a Queen could be. For example, Hulme’s chapter brings the life of Mary Queen of Scots into sharp focus. For Mary to retain power and avoid conflict in that repeatedly traumatized headspace must have been near-impossible.
Each chapter teases facts from fiction, challenging source materials and evaluating narratives to offer retrospective understanding of British History through the lens of sex, love, marriage and the pivotal consequences of those involved. It travels through time, ending with Victorian London and cleverly brings us almost back full circle to Chapter 1 with the legacy of Lady Godiva and the perception of sex workers. Sex work is currently another hot topic of contentious political debate in contemporary Britain, and much of the debate can find its roots in these histories. Not only does Sexuality and Its Impact on History offer us insight to our past, it offers possible keys to how to progress today with our modern problems with sex, sexuality and morality – even if it is what *not* to do.
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