A persistent myth about the Puritans is that they were prudes who disdained talk about sex and sought to repress sexual expression. An examination of their writings and behavior reveal that most Puritans were surprisingly open. Many – including Massachusetts’ first governor and his wife – freely expressed their passionate longings towards their loved ones, and were eager to fulfill their duties in marital relationships. Surprise yourself with this scholarly, masterful, and unexpected talk by one of the world’s leading scholars on Puritan New England.
Francis Bremer: Does the term “Puritanical” refer to buttoned-up attitudes about sex?
Ryan M. Reeve (PhD Cambridge): Puritanism- An Overview
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