This is a long video, but it may be of interest, as its difficult to reconcile physical mutilation with a god of everlasting love.
Mutilation as Gendered Punishment: State Violence and Sexual Transgression in Medieval Europe - Keynote lecture by Ruth Mazo Karras
Ruth Karras is a Professor Of History at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on medieval women, gender and sexuality. Click here to visit Ruth’s university web page or follow her on Twitter @rmkarras
Ruth Karras spoke at at the Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin, on March 21, 2021
Excerpt: It probably won’t come as news to anyone that mutilation was used as a judicial punishment in various societies across the globe, and it can serve several different purposes. Sometimes it’s just a punishment short of death. Sometimes it’s retributive justice – an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, or the loss of the limb – with which a crime was committed such as chopping off a hand for theft, which can also be a symbolic inscription of the crime on the body. I want to talk today particularly about the use of mutilation as punishment for sexual offenses and particularly those involving same-sex activity in medieval Europe.