A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages

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Matt Cook
Greenwood World Pub., 2007 - History - 256 pages
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The book explores the changing ways in which male-male sex and love have been perceived and experienced from the late Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Celebrated figures, such as Richard Lionheart, whose love for Philip Augustus of France was so well-documented, Oscar Wilde, gubject of the most explosive scandal of the Victorian period, and Derek Jarman, the great artist and chronicler of the age of AIDS, are examined alongside little-known figures: Eleanor/John Rykener, a cross-dresser in Chaucer's England, the mollies of eighteenth-century London, the habituants of underground gay bars and cafes in 1930s Manchester and Brighton, and the newly-confident gays of contemporary Britain, who marry, adopt children and command the increasingly powerful 'pink pound'. Drawing on a fabulous wealth of research, the authors - each an expert in his field - have worked closely together to deliver a powerful, highly-readable and eye-opening history of love and desire between men in Britain.

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Contents

Secrets Crimes and Diseases 18001914
107
Chapter 5
145
Chapter 6
179
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Matt Cook is the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard (Manic D Press, 2002), Eavesdrop Soup (Manic D Press, 2005), The Unreasonable Slug (Manic D Press, 2007), and PROVING NOTHING TO ANYONE (Publishing Genius Press, 2013). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, The United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places. He lives in Memphis, TN.

Robert Mills is a reader in medieval art at University College London. He is the author of "Suspended Animation: Pain, Pleasure and Punishment in Medieval Culture" and coeditor of "Rethinking Medieval Translation: Ethics, Politics, Theory".

Randolph Trumbach teaches at Baruch College and the Graduate School, CUNY. He is the author of "The Rise of the Egalitarian Family,"

H.G. Cocks is Research Fellow at the Department of History, University of Manchester.

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