Sex Crimes by William Naphy
From Renaissance to Enlightenment (Dark Histories)

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Sex Crimes looks at the cyclical movement in Europe from implicit sexual tolerance to repression, to sexual liberalization and open tolerance. Cultural historian William Naphy considers the whole gamut of sexual activity which could result in a criminal prosecution and, usually, execution. He considers those types of behavior considered criminal but “natural” (adultery, bigamy, fornication, rape, prostitution), “unnatural” sex (masturbation, incest, child abuse, same-sex relations), and finally “inhuman, unnatural” sex (bestiality, sex with Satan). William Naphy emphasizes the modernity of the past in its attitudes while highlighting those areas where socially constructed attitudes most differ from the present day.

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Helen Parish is Lecturer in History, University of Reading. William G. Naphy is Senior Lecturer in History and Head of Department, University of Aberdeen.
Published December 1, 2002 by Tempus Pub Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel.

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Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality, not reviewed) divides forbidden sex acts into the illegal and the unnatural, putting into the first category acts with the potential for procreation (fornication by the unmarried, adultery, bigamy, rape, violent sexual assault, prostitution) and into th...

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Sex Crimes: From Renaissance to Enlightenment by William Naphy 224pp, Tempus, £16.99 If William Naphy's book proves anything, it is that people have been prepared to try sex with just about anyone - including Satan and the odd cow - since time began.

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