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The Body and Society by Peter R.L. Brown
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Mar 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ancient-civilization, rome, medieval-europe

You will be hard-pressed to find a more detailed and thorough exploration of the rise of Christian sexual mores. Brown is the foremost authority on the history of early Christendom. If you're interested in and devoted to studying the history of mores and conventions about the human body in Western society, this is the foundational work for understanding the Christian perspective. With that in mind, however, this book is an absolute brick. It reads like a textbook, and in some places Brown is given to some mildly biased opinions and characterizations. Nonetheless, for a history of ideas, this book acutely places the different notions of thought on the body and sexual interaction as they arise in Western Christendom.

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