A HISTORY OF THE ORGIES BY BURGO PARTRIDGE
An orgy, the dictionary tells us, is "a wild gathering, marked by promiscuous sexual activity, excessive drinking etc" and Partridge tells us precisely what that has meant in the various human societies that have left records. We start with the Greeks, who celebrated sexuality at Dionysiac festivals, and the Romans who imported unwholesome brutalities into their orgiastic celebrations. We then learn of the taste for group sex displayed by some medieval popes, the junketings of restoration England, the aristocratic hedonists of the Hellfire club, Scotland's notorious Wig Club, the orgiastic tasted of Casanova and the Marquis de Sade, up to the twentieth century. 222 pp. with index

A HISTORY OF THE ORGIES BY BURGO PARTRIDGE

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  • Binding: Paperback; Book Condition: Very Good; Publication Date: 2005; Publisher: Sevenoaks
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