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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World by Merry Wiesner Hanks
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A global survey of Christianity and sexuality for the early modern period. Merry Wiesner-Hanks assesses the role of personal faith and the Church itself in the control and expression of all aspects of sexuality. The book ranges over developments within Europe and beyond, to the European colonies which were establishing themselves around the world. Christian missionaries, rituals and structures accompanied all of the imperial powers and the control of the sexuality of both indigenous peoples and colonists was an essential part of policy. The book is introduced with a clear, original and engaging account of the central concepts in the study of sexuality in Christianity, such as shame, sin, the body, marriage and gender. Drawing on diverse evidence including literary, medical and historical sources, the following sections chart changes in Western Christianity in the Late Middle Ages: Protestantism and Catholicism in Europe; orthodoxy in Eastern Europe and Russia; and finally the Spanish, Portuguese, English and Dutch colonies. The book includes discursive bibliographies which discuss major books and articles at the end of each chapter.
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October 1st, 1999
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United Kingdom
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