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BirkbeckCollege, University of London
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Specialist in history of sexuality, women, pornography, erotica, prostitution, social, medical eighteenth-century and Victorian. Expert on History of Leros, Greece.
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Julie Peakman is an acclaimed historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society as well as Honorary Fellow of Birbeck College. She has written many books on history of C18th sexuality, prostitution and pornogrpahy. She has also examined erotic literature of C18th and Victorian era. See her website

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About Me

Julie Peakman is a historian who regularly writes for national newspapers and historical journals. She also appears on television and radio (see YouTube for showreel) and gives lectures and talks in Britain and abroad.


Cold Case History BBC2

John Cleland’s Fanny Hill BBC4

Age of Excess BBC4

The Harlot’s Handbook, BBC4

Byron, Biography Channel.

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, Channel 4

As Queer as C18th Folk, Channel 4


Recent Publications

Hitler’s Island War. TheMen who Fought for Leros (IB Tauris 2018)

Amatory Pleasures Explorations in in C18th Sexual Culture (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Peg Plunkett, Memoirs of a Whore (Quercus 2015)

‘The Pleasure’s All Mine. A History of Sexual Perversion (Reaktion, due 2013)

 (ed.) A Culture of the History of Sexuality (Berg, due 2010) 6 volumes: General Editor and project manager; editor for Enlightenment volume.

(ed.), Sexual Perversions 1650-1890 (Palgrave, 2009)

 (ed.) Whore’s Biographies in the Long C18th (London, Pickering & Chatto, 2007) Eight Volumes with full annotations

 Emma Hamilton. A biography. (London, Haus,  2005)

 Lascivious Bodies. A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century (London, Atlantic, 2004) Also Japanese translation.

Mighty Lewd Books, The Development of Pornography in C18th England (Basingstoke, Palgrave Press, 2003 ) Paperback October 2012

Media Coverage
see above
Country Focus
Britain and Greece
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, India, Mediterranean, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Colonialism, Gender, Military, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women, World War II