We learn from the state-register of March 13, 1559, that romance-reading was altogether prohibited in Geneva. It is said:—“Inasmuch as many persons are in the habit of reading Amadis de Gaule, which contains much that is licentious and wicked, let them be gravely admonished, and let the said book be abolished and destroyed.” Shortly after Calvin’s time, Henry Stephens was excommunicated and imprisoned, because he had written a dissolute book.*
You have to admire Calvin. He knew garbage when he saw it. The world would be a better place if unrealistic titillation didn’t exist (fostering, as it does, unrealistic expectations and inevitably, disappointment). In the real world, ladies, men wear shirts, and cut their hair. And don’t work out 12 hours a day. Just so you know…
*P. Henry, The Life and Times of John Calvin, the Great Reformer Volume 1, p. 174.