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In Sex, we unearth remarkable evidence of the complex passions of medieval men and women. On the one hand, there was a down-to-earth approach you might expect in a peasant society; on the other was an obsessive abhorrence of desire grounded in religious fervour. Professor Robert Bartlett explores the subject using medieval sources, and quotes some of the questions the 11th century Church recommended priests to ask their parishioners: "Have you committed fornication with your step-mother, your sister-in-law, your son’s fiancée, your mother?"

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  • Originally Aired April 24, 2008
  • Runtime 60 minutes
  • Network BBC Four
  • Created November 1, 2014 by
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Name Type Role
Robert Bartlett Writer
Dominic Sutherland Director