Fact or Fiction?
The Puritans of Salem Village thought of sex as an act appropriate only for creating live.
The Puritans did not approve of pre-marital sex, neither did they approve of public displays of a sexual or sensual nature. However, sex to the Puritans was seen as one of the pleasures of marriage. It was a gift to be shared between husband and wife. A duty, in fact, and an understanding that each partner would provide pleasure for the other. That each partner would share their body fully and appropriately with their spouse, and each would unabashedly enjoy the other.
The “blessings” from such unreserved love and affection, of course, would be children. But children were a bonus. A loving bond, intimacy and sexual satisfaction were expected between husband and wife.
In fact, if a Puritan wife withheld sex from her husband or a Puritan husband withheld sex from his wife, they risked public scorn and punishment from the church. That punishment could be as simple as a humiliating stint in the stocks or the more painful and permanent horror of excommunication, or something in between.
The Puritans believed sex – loving, fruitful, passionate and fulfilling sex – between married couples was a gift from God that no (married) Puritan should refuse.
History is revised in this erotic tale of choice removed as the duty to submit wars with the desire to resist. Abigail Prescott, a 17th Century woman accused of witchcraft, seeks to prove herself unmarked by Satan. She willingly submits to her governor’s thorough examination but is ill-prepared for his shameful grueling probe, as it permits him to see and test her every inch and every hollow.