This book was an excellent collection of history and research It academically pursues the origins of the idea of the dominant woman and how it has been seen by varying cultures and in different times around the world I was impressed by the detail in the book, I felt that the author covered many areas very thoroughly She gives a detailed reference list for all images used in the book and goes into details about their cultural significance.The author s writing style was easy to read and had a g This book was an excellent collection of history and research It academically pursues the origins of the idea of the dominant woman and how it has been seen by varying cultures and in different times around the world I was impressed by the detail in the book, I felt that the author covered many areas very thoroughly She gives a detailed reference list for all images used in the book and goes into details about their cultural significance.The author s writing style was easy to read and had a good flow to it making it an enjoyable book to review One aspect that did bother me was the excessive use of around common BDSM terminology Near the beginning of the book I found it odd and as I came to the end of the book I found it tiresome and unnecessary The author tells about her journey to write this book in the Preface and makes many mention that the interest in the topic stemmed from having friends in the BDSM scene and her interest was strictly academic The way this was written came across to me as stressing that the author had never participated in such activities There is nothing wrong with that at all but when combined with the divergence from typical BDSM writing by constantly placing terminology in , it gave a flavour of inexperience that changed the tone of the book.Overall I would say this is a very worthwhile read for anyone interested in some of the lesser known historical aspects of BDSM THE HISTORY ARTS OF THE DOMINATRIX by Anne O Nomis This much anticipated book is the illustrated treatise on the Dominatrix throughout history Begun in , it has taken four years to come to be published with artwork illustrated with permission of the highest museums and libraries in the world No book previously existed on the subject Nomis set to work meticulously researching the most discreet and mysterious occupation of the Dominatrix This book reveals the ancient roots of the Dominatrix lie within sacred rituals to a Goddess Inanna who ruled one of the most important cities of the ancient world, the city of Uruk or Warka With a Masters degree in archaeology and art history, Nomis has included exerts of a hymn to the Goddess with rites of gender transformation, punishment, pain and ecstasy, linked to the high en priestess named Enheduanna, and images of the Goddess Into the English history record, the secular profession appears in books from the th Century, with flagellation prints of the Dominatrix in role of Whipstress and School Mistress The ladies providing birch discipline were interlinked with royalty, nobility, parliamentarians and secret societies By the th Century, London heldsumptuously appointed discipline houses, run by Governess Dominatrices, one of whom invented a special machine for whipping, known as the Berkley Horse In the th Century, the book presents rare vintage snapshots of mid th Century ladies of the bizarre underground in time, space and place, from London, New York, The Hague and The Herbertstrasse Lastly, Nomis examines the contemporary occupation of the modern day Dominatrix, and contributes a theory of their Seven Realm Arts characterizing their practices in a framework beyond the catch all term of BDSM This book is the seminal work on the subject of the Dominatrix, her history and her arts as a unique craft Painstakingly researchedThe quintessential treatise on dominant women throughout the agesimpressive work David Jackson, DDI Illustrated with artwork andimages from the British Museum, Iraq Museum, Penn Museum, Oriental Institute of Chicago, Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University, Villa of Mysteries Pompeii, British Library Rare Books, Library of Congress Washington DC, National Portrait Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Kinsey Institute, with vintage images by artist John Willie from B lier Press, vintage Dominatrices from DDI Magazine, Atom Age and private collection, contemporary artwork by Natasha Gornik, Kate Peters, Phil Miller, Nuit d Or and Lucina Nathanael The book has been produced in a stunning first edition hardback, inspired by the Victorian forbidden book , with gold foil and quarter bound, accentuating the art of book fetish A special collector s release, it is available in a limited edition of , copies only, each individually numbered, available from the publisher website in the UK historyofthedominatrix Also available as an e book kindle, however without the beautiful design format of the hardcopy due to limitations of software associated with e books I only knew about the dominatrix what she looks like and that she punishes submissive men as part of their erotic fantasies So when I saw this book I decided to learnabout it I like to read history books aboutunusual topics and this is one of them.It is the first of it s kind presenting the history of dominatrix as well as telling the readerabout what it is It is really interesting how far it goes We start with goddesses of sexuality who had all the power and see how it hap I only knew about the dominatrix what she looks like and that she punishes submissive men as part of their erotic fantasies So when I saw this book I decided to learnabout it I like to read history books aboutunusual topics and this is one of them.It is the first of it s kind presenting the history of dominatrix as well as telling the readerabout what it is It is really interesting how far it goes We start with goddesses of sexuality who had all the power and see how it happened in 15th century as well as in our times It is well researched and written in an interesting way It also includes illustrations which show us ancient art which shows the goddesses as well as paintings from the history of men being punished in a sexual way Definitely an interesting and informative book Review The History Arts of the Dominatrix Five of Five stars This book does a first class job of telling us the story of the Dominatrix and stating, on paper, what many of us already know but have avoided openly acknowledging There arethan ten pages of references in there, particularly in the historical sections.At the end of the day, the Dominatrix of the last few centuries has existed as a profession, to satisfy the clientelle who wish the service It is a human demand that is pro Review The History Arts of the Dominatrix Five of Five stars This book does a first class job of telling us the story of the Dominatrix and stating, on paper, what many of us already know but have avoided openly acknowledging There arethan ten pages of references in there, particularly in the historical sections.At the end of the day, the Dominatrix of the last few centuries has existed as a profession, to satisfy the clientelle who wish the service It is a human demand that is probably baked in to our natural blueprint as evidenced by the societies before the Abrahamic religions, that ran on those same principles There is solid argument that these services also exist because of the un natural restrictions placed on us by our, binary thinking, societies thus creating the un balanced psychological states from which we need release, and hence the need to turn to extra services to redress that balance, away from societies judgemental eyes.This work will probably be among the books that society as a whole, considers, when it justifies to itself the further removal of organised religion from our governance.There is the question of the future of the Dominatrix, however Society is taking the much stronger step of re defining beauty one of the very weapons of carnal desire that the Dominatrix relies upon We may yet see the Dominatrix separate from the fetishistic and return to the core of emotional dominance Cultures are changing, and the Dominatrix will have to change with them After all, with corpral punishment now banned in schools, how many years will remain before people stop seeking the schoolboy scenario or once India abandons the caste system, for example.The way I see it, the core facets of submission and dominance are not unique to the sexes It is merely that the patriarchal society has painted female submission and male dominance as normal and to be accepted while the converse is to be rejected These traits, however, exist within us all and I forsee a future where dungeons contain Dominant and Dominatrix, working side by side, for the benefit of their clients of either sex, who wish to exercise various facets of their natural personalities.At one point in chapter 4, one submissive was quoted as saying, I would try my best to bury my desires, to pretend they weren t there, but it inevitably would pop up and I would feel guilty, then I d try and push it back down again But you can t, you know It s part of who you are, a part of your identity and being So eventually I told my wife I was terrified and expected her to want to leave me I expected the worst, and broke down and cried several times, explaining it all to her, how it started, how it affected me And surprisingly she was actually really understanding She s not interesting in whipping me or wearing leather herself, but she s ok with me seeing a Dominatrix professionally, as long as it stays within those confines, and I tell her when I m going He was lucky, I guess Not everyone who, comes out, to their partner manages to get such a response and works a way forward with their other half But I think understanding is generally improving as the years roll on.As chapter 5 recalls Dumas words, Marriage is a chain so heavy that it takes two people to carry it sometimes three Spouses frequently detect something, not right, in their partner and on the occasions that this imbalance is outed, the spouse may not only aquiesse to them attending a Dominatrix knowing that sex is not on the menu but sometimes conspire with the Dominatrix themselves to guide their own spouse s treatment at her hands There are many complexities to human relationships and this book does an excellent job of laying them as bare as possible within the confines of just short of three hundred pages.This book is a cracking read which introduces the reader to things they very likely weren t taught in history class, and exposes the other side of power control in a responsible, researched and factual manner Be prepared to see the occasional picture that might upset you not on the nudity part as I think the only thing I ever saw was breasts but in terms of the bondage andextreme power exchange that is depicted here and there But then, a book like this should only ever be approached with an open mind.Top read Thoroughly enjoyed it It should be required reading for anyone who is in a position of control concerning the censorship of our society.Here are the links to the chapter reviewsFirst and Fourth last word to the author herself in a small section of her afterword..Having spent much of the last four years in the underworld of Dominatrices dungeons, and the dark and artificially lit interiors of museums and libraries, I have finally drawn to the end of my journey documenting the history and arts of the Dominatrix.After all that I ve learnt about their world and their practices, the Dominatricies have lost nothing of their mystique I have great admiration for these highly independent, talented and free thinking ladies who have made domination their professional craft occupation This book is well written It s also a good book because I m in there somewhere Can you find me Great insightGreat insight into submissive men Enjoy the read moves real quickly.Desires the highest praise for holding your attention Interesting and informative, a great look at what is considered the darker side of sex from a historical point of view I would have liked someof what the world is like today and the authors experience in Melbourne But a great read really well done and well written.