Choreographing Lust: Go-Betweens for Sexual Conquest

  • Gretchen Mieszkowski
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Lust is the typical subject matter of these stories about going between for sexual conquest, and their plots are full of double-dealing, entrapment, and rape. Often with a veneer of comedy, but sometimes with no veneer at all, their go-betweens coax, inveigle, trick, or force women, and rarely men, into sex acts. Very often these stories concern a man who hires an Old Woman to help him have sex with a young woman who is either indifferent or actively hostile to him. The man is usually desperate for a particular woman and physical possession is almost invariably his goal. Sometimes the man anticipates that the woman will be forced to marry him if he takes her virginity, but such considerations are usually secondary.


Young Woman Sexual Violence Sexual Pleasure Thirteenth Century Fourteenth Century 
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