Sexuality is intrinsically linked with wellbeing, individual identity, and the very beginning of life. In premodern cultures sexual desires were perceived, described, and encountered in a variety of ways. This book explores the history of sexual desires and lays special emphasis on the transformation of sexual ideas, attitudes, and practices; the visibility of moral offences; and the discussion and construction of passions in premodern Europe. Framing Premodern Desires is a path-breaking, interdisciplinary collection of essays on premodern sexual desires. It covers a wide geographical area from northern and eastern Europe to Great Britain, France, and Germany. The writers include both established as well as younger scholars. The introduction is written by a leading expert in the social history of crime and gender, Garthine Walker. This collection of essays adds significantly to our understanding of premodern European history, the history of sexualities, gender studies, religious history, medieval studies, early modern studies, cultural history, legal history, and ethnography. AUP Catalogue S17 text The way that we have perceived, described, and understood sexual desire has changed dramatically over time and across cultures. This collection brings together a group of experts from a variety of disciplines to explore the history of sexual desires and the transformation of sexual ideas, attitudes, and practices in premodern Europe. Among the topics considered are the visibility of sexual offenses and the construction of passions; the geographical range extends to Great Britain, with extended attention also to France as well as Northern and Eastern Europe. The result is a groundbreaking volume that adds significantly to our understanding of premodern European history, the history of sexualities, gender studies, religious history, and many other fields.