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Images of Lust

Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches, 1st Edition

By James Jerman, Anthony Weir


168 pages

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Sexually explicit sculptures may be found on a number of medieval churches in France and Spain. This fascinating study examines the origins and purposes of these sculptures, viewing them not as magical fertility symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval folk, and thus gave support to the Church's moral teachings.


'This is an interesting investigation of a fascinating subject'. - British Book News

'This is a serious book aimed at the general reader. It presents detailed information concerning the distribution of the various subjects…' - Catholic Herald

About the Authors

James Jerman, after retiring from the School of Education at Leicester University, continues to be a part-time tutor in local history in the Department of Adult Education. Anthony Weir is a freelance photographer and artist and travelled widely in Europe to draw illustrations and take photographs for this book.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology