ARC review, book review, nonfiction

Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England by Kathryn Warner

A fascinating look into marriage, children and the intimate lives of English people during the 13th to 15th centuries.

I love the medieval period, so when I saw a review of this book, I had to request a copy from Netgalley.

Because of reading other history books about this era, I wasn’t surprised by much of the information, though I love that Warner wants to set the record straight about medieval life in England. There’s so many lies told about this time period, and it’s great to see more books revealing the truth.

I particularly loved details from The Trotula, a medieval compendium of women’s medicine, and details such as football being a popular game at weddings (as well as beating poultry with sticks – not so fun), but there are lots of other fascinating nuggets that illustration the similarities, and differences, to modern life.

Even though Warner focuses on the very late Middle Ages – the 13th to 15th centuries – her book still suffers from similar tomes about ordinary life in this era. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of written records about daily living (no diaries or journals to gather details from), and most of the details seem to have come from court records and legal documents such as wills.

However, the subject matter is very interesting, and there is a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from this book.

Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England will be released on 31st August 2022 and the hardback is currently available for preorder.

I award Sex and Sexuality in Medieval England

Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with an ARC. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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