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A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages
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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Greenwood World Publishing
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This book is divided into different chapters by different authors on different periods in British history. At first I was quite disappointed as instead of a history of gay men in Britian it rapidly descended into a history of bum sex in Britain. The first author's main interest seemed not to be describing what the gay culture was like in early modern Britain, but rather whether or not the people who were heralded as "gay icons" actually had bum sex or not. Which to me wasn't the point. I was ...more