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Sexuality and Its Impact on History (Paperback)

The British Stripped Bare

P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts P&S History > British History > Victorian History P&S History > Royal History P&S History > Social History World History > UK & Ireland

By Hunter S Jones, Contributor Judith Arnopp, Contributor Jessica Cale, Contributor Maryanne Coleman, Contributor Emma Haddon-Wright, Contributor Gayle Hulme, Contributor Dr Beth Lynne, Contributor Annie Whitehead
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781526714497
Published: 11th April 2018



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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 as eight authors take us through the centuries, 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.

It's all here: 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.

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—the Regency, and down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores.

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Historia Magazine, 30 March 2018

★★★★★ Best book of this genre I've ever read. Kudos to the authors!

I waited with bated breath for this novel to become available in the US, because my friends in the UK were recommending it to me.
I absolutely love this book! Each chapter gives you more insight into the past and how different eras viewed sexual practices and sexuality. Having been written by all female authors was an invaluable insight to me, Sexuality and Its Impact on History reads easily, educating and informing in such a charming way it was a pleasure to read. I especially like how Hunter S. Jones ends the book by bringing the reader into the 20th century. Her essay is the longest but gave me insight into how women handled the strict moral code of the Victorian Era, and how that affected the US during the Civil War and beyond. Well done ladies!

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★★★★★ A brilliant read

A most wonderful book.A great collection of essays from amazing authors,many with years of skill in writing and a new player in the world of British historical stories ,one Emma Haddon-Wright.She wrote about the iconic lady of history Lady Godiva and did an amazing job fleshing out a character that is as much legend as she is fact.The essay certainly made this reader interested in learning more and that is the best compliment i think a reader can give a writer..."you make me want to read more"..well done Emma and all those involved in this creation.

Amazon Customer

A great addition to the knowledge of women’s lives in history!

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Historical Romance Review, Regan Walker

This is a fascinating compilation of stories written by seven incredible female writers who know their craft well, they come together to tell seven stories of how sexuality and the varied custom’s over eras has influenced British History. With a look into all aspects of sexual history including tales of Lady Godiva, Medieval love traditions, shocking tales from the Tudor court and prostitution during the Victorian era...

Hugely recommended!

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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

★★★★★ Each chapter teases facts from fiction, challenging source materials and evaluating narratives to offer retrospective understanding of British History through the lens of sex, love, marriage and the pivotal consequences of those involved. It travels through time, ending with Victorian London and cleverly brings us almost back full circle to Chapter 1 with the legacy of Lady Godiva and the perception of sex workers. Sex work is currently another hot topic of contentious political debate in contemporary Britain, and much of the debate can find its roots in these histories. Not only does Sexuality and Its Impact on History offer us insight to our past, it offers possible keys to how to progress today with our modern problems with sex, sexuality and morality – even if it is what *not* to do.

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Amazon, Dr. Roxanne O'Neill

★★★★★ History was never interested me but I had to read the new Hunter S. Jones book. The concept of bringing an all female team of writers together to tell the stories of British sexuality is appealing. Each chapter gives us a sneaky peek at how sexuality influenced society & culture. This is a real page turner that I had to finish. The chapters are all very well written and researched, and this is a fascinating way to better understand the past. Emma Haddon-Wright's essay on Lady Godiva begins the book and fits perfectly with Ms. Jones ending story on the impact of Victorian prostitution. Well done ladies. This is a must read for anyone curious about history, sexuality, Royals, Tudors & Victoriana.

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★★★★★ A great read. I romped through it.

Learnt about Anglo Saxon noblewoman Lady Godiva one of only three English names to be recorded in The Domesday Book.

A newly crowned Anglo Saxon King found in bed shortly after his Coronation with his young wife and her mother.

The medieval Art of Courtly Love and the thoughts on contraception and abortion therein.
The twists and turns in the fate of Royal women in Tudor and Stuart England and Scotland, in one case dangerous love poetry.

The laws that have changed women's rights to succession and the implications caused throughout history.

And finally the not so prudish Victorians and their double standards. Three amazing women who courted and loved by royalty and rich men around the world.

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Amazon, Margaret Mayell

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About Hunter S Jones

Hunter S, Jones is passionate about the history of romance, science and music, a.k.a. sex, drugs and rock & roll. She has a popular history blog, and is the author of the best-selling Anne Boleyn story, Phoenix Rising. 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 Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband.

Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare is her first collection of historical essays and she is delighted to work with the talented team of: Emma Haddon-Wright, Annie Whitehead, Jessica Cale, Maryanne Coleman, Judith Arnopp, Gayle Hulme, and Dr. Beth Lynne.

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About Annie Whitehead

Annie Whitehead is a History Graduate & Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has penned three award-winning novels set in Anglo-Saxon Mercia: one, about the life of Æthelflæd, was long-listed for HNS Indie Book of the Year, & IAN Finalist. She was a contributor to: 1066 Turned Upside Down, with Helen Hollick, and Sexuality & Its Impact on British History (Pen & Sword 2018).
She has won both fiction and non-fiction awards for her writing (Dorothy Dunnett Soc & New Writer Magazine), regularly contributes articles to several historical magazines and is an editor for EHFA (English Historical Fiction Authors). Her first non-fiction book, Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom, was published in September 2018.

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