Wednesday Spotlight: Brenda Williamson

Sex in History

I write erotic love scenes, very dramatic and extremely elicit, and I often combine that with historical plot lines. Occasionally, a reader will comment that my heroine shouldn’t be so promiscuous in a certain time period. However, as much as we want to believe common myths that Victorians were proper ladies, and all medieval women wore chastity belts, I’m here to say it isn’t so. Men wanting sex, and women wanting it just as much, stands as true a thousand years ago as it does today. Of course, with all things, there were phases to what was acceptable to talk about, so it stands to reason some people haven’t heard the real facts.

How do I know what they did back then? Research. The world-wide-web is an amazing supply of historical information. Literally millions of books and papers are on display at various sites that document life during any given era. On top of that, I have hundreds of antique books from the 1700’s and up, proving erotica was alive and well, and in print even then. I have one newspaper from the mid 1800’s advertising a brothel and the many qualities of their women. It’s detailed, leaving nothing to the imagination. I have a book dated in the early 1800’s that’s nothing but the sexual adventures of a woman. So the next time you read a scene of a virginal regency lady seducing a duke, you can believe it could and did happen.

Comments

  1. Even if you didn’t have the proof, I would still believe you.

    Just because no one was “talking” about it, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening. Women didn’t “become” sexual when they burned their bras decades ago!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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