Ravishing Affection: Debunking the Myths of the Puritans and Sex

WED, OCT 26, 2016 (1:01:44)

Have you heard the term “Puritanical” used to refer to buttoned-up attitudes about sex? A persistent myth about the Puritans is that they were prudes who disdained talk about sex and sought to repress sexual expression. An examination of their writings and behavior reveal that most Puritans were surprisingly open. Many – including Massachusetts’ first governor and his wife - freely expressed their passionate longings towards their loved ones, and were eager to fulfill their duties in marital relationships. Surprise yourself with this scholarly, masterful, and unexpected talk by one of the world’s leading scholars on Puritan New England.

+ BIO: Francis J. Bremer

Francis J. Bremer is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Editor of the Winthrop Papers for the Massachusetts Historical Society. He is the author of over a dozen books on puritans and puritanism in the Atlantic world, including the prize-winning _John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father_ and, most recently, _Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism._ He is coordinator of New England Beginnings, a partnership of historical organizations and scholars for the commemoration of the cultures that shaped New England.

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