Annual Special Lecture - The Canons of Nablus and Sexuality in Medieval Western Europe

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, 11th century (Hitda Codex)

The Annual Special Lecture of the Faculty of History will be taking place on Monday 10 February 2020.

Professor Ruth Karras (Trinity College Dublin) will be speaking on ‘The Canons of Nablus and Sexuality in Medieval Western Europe’

Scholars often devote brief mention to the Canons of Nablus (1120) on the way to a discussion of secular legislation about sexuality in medieval Europe, particularly adultery and sodomy. What if we think of this set of canons not as a footnote to a development that belongs mainly in the thirteenth century, but as fundamental to those later developments? This lecture considers the effect of the Crusades on European thinking about same-sex sexual relationships.

This talk is open to the Public, we look forward to seeing you there!