A review of the book by Gary Taylor which looks at eunuchs through the ages.
About the practice of using emasculated and castrated males to serve in the emperor's harem from the 8th century B.C. to 1912.
Full text from Peter Abelard's Historia Calamitatum, which recounts his affair with Heloise and subsequent castration.
Paper about Abelard's narratives of emasculation and remasculinization .