Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner

Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner* is the latest in this series that I read. I find these fascinating, even if some of the issues are repeating. I really enjoy reading the different style of writing as well. This was for me a 5 stars book. She loved enumerations, which is my only criticism, but I think she did an amazing job of presenting the medieval life in a respectful and humanistic way.

Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner

The book is structured into many short chapters, some, such as marriage, is presented over a few chapters. So, each one is very specific. I like that, as I think it’s better than a longer one that deals with multiple aspects of a common theme.

It presented abduction, which was as horrible as it sounded. All topics are covered, including an overview on homosexual relationships and how historians are dealing with this topic that is so difficult to research. She also mentioned transgender, which was interesting.

Another topic covered is consent, and her presentation of the age of consent as it was legislated and the way it evolved to this day was really fascinating. I like that she included some references to future timelines, but without making too many comparisons. Her style of writing is lovely and easy to follow, making it a real page-turner. I highly recommend the book.

Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen & Sword History
Year it was published: 2022
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Medieval history
Pages: 184

About the author: Kathryn Warner holds a BA and an MA with Distinction in medieval history and literature from the University of Manchester, and is the author of biographies about Edward II and his queen Isabella. Kathryn has had work published in the English Historical Review, has given a paper at the International Medieval Congress, and appeared in a BBC documentary.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



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