From Ancient Assyria to the Byzantine Empire, from the Qing dynasty’s Forbidden City to 19th century operas; Eunuchs have been present across a huge range of the world’s history. Despite this, they are often mainly thought of in terms of their private parts.
So today Betwixt the Sheets, Kate is joined by Shaun Tougher from Cardiff University to find out what the lives of Eunuchs were like, particularly in the Byzantine Empire. Why would people, or often their parents, make this choice? And how were they perceived in their societies?
*WARNING there are adult words and themes in this episode*
Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Sophie Gee.
Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.