Sodomy in Early Modern Europe

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Tom Betteridge
Manchester University Press, Oct 11, 2002 - History - 173 pages
This collection of essays reflects the main areas of debate within gay historiography. For the last twenty years scholars have argued over the nature of early modern sodomy, responding in a number of different and contradictory ways. Questions addressed in the book include: was early modern sodomy the same as modern homosexuality? Were there homosexuals in early modern Europe? Did men who had sex with each other in this period regard their behaviour as determining their identity? What was the relationship between the grave sin of sodomy and the homoerotic images that fill Renaissance culture?. The volume includes essays on sodomy in English Protestant history writing, in Calvin's Geneva, in early modern Venice and the trial of sodomy in Germany.

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Tom Betteridge is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Kingston University.

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