Elizabeth Eva LeachJan 6, 2024
Medieval Sex Lives
The Sounds of Courtly Intimacy on the Francophone Borders
Cornell University Press 2023
How was music important to medieval society? In Medieval Sex Lives: The Sounds of Courtly Intimacy on the Francophone Borders (Cornell UP, 2023), Prof Elizabeth Eva Leach, a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford explores the history and content of the Douce 308 manuscript to tell the story of the cultural and sexual scripts that framed courtly life in the Medieval era. The book tells the long history of the idea of courtly love, as well as using contemporary theories and cultural practices to re-examine the songs and lyrics in the manuscript. A fascinating and absorbing read, the book will be of interest to humanities scholars and more widely to anyone interested in the history of music, sex, and sexuality. You can also find out more about the book here on Prof Leach’s blog.
Dave O'Brien is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, at the University of Manchester.