Sex in history, by Gordan Rattray Taylor

Bullenger, in a passage which shows some signs of being a rewrite of the same material for a more popular audience, is worth quoting verbatim: In “The Christen State of Matrimonye” (translated by Coverdale in 1541) he starts by complaining that sometimes the devil manages to blemish even the marriage service,

insomuch that early in the morning the wedded people begynne to exceade in superfluous eating and drinking whereof they spytte until the halfe sermon be done. And when they come to the preaching they are halfe dronke, some alltogether. Therefore regard they nether the preaching ner prayer but stonde ther only because of the custom.

He then describes the merrymaking after the banquet, when the bride is brought to an open dancing place.

Then there is such a renninge, leapinge and flynging amonge them, then there is such a lyftinge up and discovering of damesels clothes and of other wemens apparell that a man might thinke all these dauncers had cast all shame behinde them and were become starke madde and out of their wyttes and that they were sworne to the deuels daunce…. And that noyse and rombling endureth euen till supper.

Finally, after supper, when the couple at last retire,

unmanerly & restless people . . . will first go to theyr chambre dore and there sang vicious and naughtie balates that the deuell may haue his tryumphe now to the vttermost.