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Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages
Castration and castrati have always been facets of western culture, from myth and legend to law and theology, from eunuchs guarding harems to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century castrati singers. Metaphoric castration pervades a number of medieval literary genres, particularly the Old French fabliaux - exchanges of power predicated upon the exchange or absence of ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Boydell & Brewer
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 25, 2015 James rated it liked it
Up to date series of articles. Their recency makes them helpful for bibliography building and they certainly include many of the big players in this subject matter. My focus in reading this was on antiquity and early Christianity, making the introduction and first three articles the most useful. Subsequent chapters do indeed explore the high middle ages, and extend up to Shakespeare. That gives the volume an impressive range.