Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare

Available March 2018! 12+17 Sexuality in History Brits Stripped BareSexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare

Learn of the scandals and romance that shaped Great Britain. This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British, from the Anglo-Saxons, Medieval, Tudor, Regency, and Victorian eras.

Discover the ménage that changed the course of the Anglo-Saxon throne, go undercover to explore Courtly Love, learn about the business of Tudor and Regency marriages. Read of a possible dalliance involving Queen Anne Boleyn, and the controversial marriages of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peek into the bedrooms of Victorian prostitutes.

Each story provides shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore when eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you’ll encounter memorable nuggets of provocative info that you’ll want to share with friends and co-workers.

It’s all here: Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), and brothels, kept women, and whorehouses. Take a peek at what really happened between the sheets. Each story provides you with shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare chronicles the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Regency, and down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores. Published by Pen & Sword Books, U.K.

Chapter 1

Godiva: Lady, Legend, Legacy

Emma Haddon-Wright

Chapter 2

Rioting in the Harlot’s Embrace: Matrimony & Sanctimony in Anglo-Saxon England

Annie Whitehead

Chapter 3

The Art of Courtly Love: The Ideal and Practice of Love in the Middle Ages

Jessica Cale

Chapter 4

The Tudor Marriage Game

MaryAnne Coleman

Chapter 5 

These Bloody Days: The Relationship between Anne Boleyn & Thomas Wyatt

Judith Arnopp

Chapter 6 

The Marriages of Mary Queen of Scots

Gayle Hulme

Chapter 7

Succession, Confusion and Ramifications: Who Should Wear the Crown?

Dr. Beth Lynne

Chapter 8

Lips of Flame & Heart of Stone

The Impact of Prostitution in Victorian Britain and its Global Influence

Hunter S. Jones


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