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Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages

Robert Mills


During the Middle Ages in Europe, some sexual and gendered behaviors were labeled “sodomitical” or evoked using ambiguous phrases such as the “unmentionable vice” or the “sin against nature.” How, though, did these categories enter the field of vision? How do you know a sodomite when you see one? Challenging the view that medieval ideas about sexual and gender dissidence were too confused to congeal into a coherent form, this book demonstrates that sodomy had a rich, multimedia presence in the period—and that a flexible approach to questions of terminology sheds new light on the many forms thi ... More

Keywords: sodomite, transgender, queer, gender and sexuality, sexual orientation, medieval art, history of sexuality, translation, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226169125
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Mills, author
University College London

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