Aidyn Osgood

My dissertation project places military history and the history of sexuality into dialog by examining two interrelated historical developments of early modern Europe. First, my project investigates how the Reformation’s re-evaluation of gender and sexuality played out in highly-gendered military communities between 1500 and 1600. Second, it assesses how the specter of armies on campaign allowed people to think in novel ways about gender and sexuality. My research ranges across the available documentation, from Einblattholzschnitte to Selbstzeugnisse, and from prescriptive Artikelsbriefe and military treatises to biting polemics against political and religious rivals. While at the HAB, I am focusing on how commanders constructed their understandings of sexual deviance and how people wrote about sexual violence as a tool of war between 1550 and 1650."