Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - Social Science - 442 pages
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"Truly groundbreaking work. Boswell reveals unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition."—Michel Foucault

John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published twenty-five years ago. The historical breadth of Boswell's research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the variety of sources consulted make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western social history. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, still fiercely relevant today, helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies, and it continues to illuminate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.
  

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Review: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

User Review  - Justin Lee - Goodreads

There is something fantastic about this book. It's dense as hell, more text book than easy reading, and ridiculously well researched, but I loved it. Back story: When I first came out, I was having a ... Read full review

Review: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

User Review  - Luis Branco - Goodreads

It is an interesting book, the author makes a great effort to prove his point and to bring out of the shadows of history an account of the gay people. I found interesting the chapter about definitions ... Read full review

Contents

The Scriptures
91
Christians and Social Change
119
Theological Traditions
137
TTT Shifting 7 The Early Middle Ages
169
Fortunes 8 The Urban Revival
207
Gay Literature
243
Making Enemies
269
Men Beasts
303
Conclusions
333
Texts and Translations
355
Frequently Cited Works
403
Index of Greek Terms
411
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

John Boswell (1947-94) was the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University and the author of The Royal Treasure, The Kindness of Strangers, and Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe.

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