Mighty Lewd Books describes the emergence of a new home-grown English porgraphy as seen in flagellation vellas which burst to the fore in the 1770s. Through an examination of British erotica, Peakman looks at sex as seen in eighteenth-century erotic culture, religion and medicine, in this radical approach to the study of sexuality.
JULIE PEAKMAN is one of the most innovative of the young historians to emerge in the recent explosion of gender history. She lectures in Sex in History, is currently working on her second book on sexual behaviour in the eighteenth-century and is a fellow of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. She regularly appears at national and international conferences and in the media.