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Sex, Dissidence and Damnation

Sex, Dissidence and Damnation PDF Author: Jeffrey Richards
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415071475
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 179

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"For the authorities in medieval Europe, both secular and ecclesiastical, dissent struck at the roots of an ordered, settled world. To allow a single heretic to escape just punishment would, it was believed, result in the decay and dissolution of the whole structure of society. So dissent was to be extirpated--initially by reason and argument, then with increasing savagery: by torture and imprisonment, fire and the sword. In examining the wretched lives of heretics, witches, Jews, lepers, and homosexuals, Jeffery Richards has uncovered a common motive for their persecution: supposed sexual aberrance."--Back cover.