Painful Pleasures: Sadomasochism in Medieval Cultures (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture) (Hardcover)
This timely volume ventures into the subject of sadomasochism in varied aspects of medieval life. Saint's Lives and mystical treatises provide evidence of failed sadism and empowering masochism. Literary culture in the form of epics and courtly tales preserve stories of eroticised power. These exciting chapters join together to form a picture of medieval culture that is kinky in its practice and deeply psychological at its core.
Christopher Vaccaro is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of Vermont