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Profs & Pints Baltimore: Medieval Sex
Profs & Pints Baltimore: Medieval Sex

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Profs & Pints Baltimore: Medieval Sex

Profs and Pints Baltimore presents: “Medieval Sex,” a look at the reality of medieval sex and sexuality through the lens of comic literature, satire, and obscenity, with Larissa “Kat” Tracy, professor of medieval literature and author of several books on the Middle Ages.

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Jul 21, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Baltimore, 1611 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA

About the event

Profs and Pints Baltimore presents: “Medieval Sex,” a look at the reality of medieval sex and sexuality through the lens of comic literature, satire, and obscenity, with Larissa “Kat” Tracy, professor of medieval literature and author of several books on the Middle Ages.

Profs and Pints is about to put the “bawd” in Baltimore.

Come to Guilford Hall Brewery on the afternoon of July 21st for a fascinating, rollicking look at how medieval people navigated sex in their time.

The speaker, Professor Kat Tracy, has appeared on Wondrium’s series Sex in the Middle Ages and the History Channel’s Dark Marvels, and has previously given excellent talks at Guilford Hall on medieval torture and the pagan origins of late winter holidays.

This time out, Professor Tracy discusses how the sex lives of medieval people were framed by religious edicts and secular laws, how they skirted those restrictions, and found outlets in sexual humor and displays.

Medieval discussions of sex were most common in humorous literature that used satire, double entendres, obscenity, and dirty jokes, often to engage in political commentary or draw attention to bigger social issues. 

We’ll look at how great writers of that time found ways to discuss sex while escaping censure from the Catholic Church, and we’ll tackle the question of whether medieval society truly was more prudish than our own. 

(Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Talk begins at 4:30.)

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