Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 28, 2013 - Social Science - 464 pages
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Both highly praised and intensely controversial, this brilliant book produces dramatic evidence that at one time the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but sanctified them--in ceremonies strikingly similar to heterosexual marriage ceremonies.

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User Review  - Balthazar-Lawson - LibraryThing

Despite a certain amount of enlightenment, I did not enjoy reading this book one bit. It was too academic for me and how could it be anything other than that seeing as it contained 20 pages of ancient ... Read full review

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User Review  - ruric - LibraryThing

Boswell has drawn on a wide range of sources from a number of countries which seem to describe same sex unions which were santified and sanction by the church and other legal and administratove bodies. Accessible read supported by very thorough footnotes! Read full review


The Vocabulary of Love and Marriage
Heterosexual Matrimony in
SameSex Unions in the Greco
Views of the New Religion
The Development
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit
The History of SameSex Unions in Medieval Europe

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John Boswell (1947–1994) won the 1981 American Book Award for history for his groundbreaking work Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century.

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