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, 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 information that you'll want to share. 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—down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era.
This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores. It's all here: the real Lady Godiva, ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), 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 and into the American Civil War, the settlement of the Western Frontier, and the influence of sexuality on America's first art form.
Hunter S. Jones is passionate about the history of romance, science, and music (a.k.a. sex, drugs, and rock & roll). 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 Midtown Atlanta with her Scottish-born husband.