This talk explores the trial of a Sussex man accused of having sex with a cow, held in the consistory court of Chichester in 1520. It locates the case within the broader histories of English legal and cultural responses to bestiality and other forms of ‘unnatural’ sexual intercourse, and growing tensions between systems of ecclesiastical and secular law on the eve of the Henrician Reformation.
Tim Wingard is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. Their thesis explores the ways in which late medieval society used animals to think about sexuality and human identity, and their research interests include animal studies, history of sexuality, Middle English romance, Scholasticism, and bestiaries.
All welcome- this seminar is free to attend, but advance registration is required.