Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain

Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain written by Andrea Zuvich and published by Pen and Sword Books – £16.99 – Softcover – Pages 278.

This is starting to become a habit, a second review about sex and sexuality, this time the book looks into the Stuart period of history. Yet again I’ve been given an excellent book to read, this social history is getting good. From the outset of the book, we see how we can be the sexiest Stuart around. My word it’s amazing some of them survived with the amount of chemicals used around the body. We then begin to learn about such things as prostitution, masks, sex outside of marriage and same sex marriage. What also comes across in the book is how much religion played in life and the way sex was seen through religious attitudes. The second part of this book looks at the sexual lives of the monarchy or at least those in the monarchy, this part of the book is equally intriguing. Now most of this is common knowledge but I learnt quite a bit myself from this part of the book.

This book is very well researched and written by the author Andrea Zuvich, this book is more academic in my opinion that the last book about this subject. But I wouldn’t say it was too academic, there is still a good balance between light and heavy. I’m also going to say that I just liked the book because of the way it was written, it had a nice flow throughout it. I would say that this is a fascinating book which keeps you learning all along, it’s a book everyone can read and learn from. There is also a n excellent bibliography and notes section towards the back that will greatly help those wishing to read further on the subject. This is a book I would happily recommend and endorse.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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