Sodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland 1400 1600

During the late Middle Ages a considerable number of men in Germany and Switzerland were executed for committing sodomy Even in the seventeenth century simply speaking of the act was cause for censorship Here in the first history of sodomy in these countries Helmut Puff argues that accusations of sodomy during this era were actually crucial to the success of the Protestant Reformation Drawing on both literary and historical evidence Puff shows that speakers of German associated sodomy with Italy and increasingly Catholicism As the Reformation gained momentum the formerly unspeakable crime of sodomy gained a voice as Martin Luther and others deployed accusations of sodomy to discredit the upper ranks of the Church and to create a sense of community among Protestant believers During the sixteenth century reactions against this defamatory rhetoric and fear that mere mention of sodomy would incite sinful acts combined to repress even court cases of sodomyWritten with precision and meticulously researched this revealing study will interest historians of gender sexuality and religion as well as scholars of medieval and early modern history and culture


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    I'm using this book to write my thesis Everyone laughs or gives you funny looks when you request or check out this book Even my gay professor was busting his gut as he signed the loan request when he saw that the name of the guy who wrote the book was Puff I thought I'd post this book here and share that story Also it's been pretty invaluable to my research