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

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


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781846450020



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