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Sex in Georgian England
by A.D. Harvey
From rape and seduction to the desperate and deviant, here is every aspect of the intimate lives of the men and women in Georgian England. Painstakingly researched from medical texts, trial records, government statistics, pamphlets, autobiographies, fiction, fashions, pornographic engravings, and paintings from the Royal Academy, this fully illustrated and absorbing study ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Phoenix
(first published November 1st 1994)
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Dec 03, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A very well researched history of the attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs surrounding sexuality in eighteenth century England. Harvey presents evidence on all sorts of aspects, from condom use dynamics to sexual positions (standing up, or leaning against things, was a particular favorite of the time, and "undressing" generally just meant outer garments--shifts usually stayed on, so true nakedness was rare) to the hilarious shift in perception that took place regarding women's libido: before the ...more