History of gender and sexuality in Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Medical, religious, and cultural ideas about sexuality, gender roles, and concepts of sex difference. Traces the creation and perpetuation of gendered and sexual norms as well as resistance to and deviance from those norms, including homosexuality and non-binary gender identity. Examines how norms interacted with the on-the-ground social reality, including expectations of chastity, sex within marriage, sex outside of marriage, and sexual assault. Questions the extent to which gender norms established in the Middle Ages are still relevant today.
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