Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe
At a time when strictures against homosexuality are the subject of impassioned debate, this groundbreaking work of scholarship has generated extraordinary controversy. For in Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, Yale historian John Boswell, one of our most respected authorities on the Middle Ages, produces extensive evidence that at one time the Catholic and eastern...more
Sure, there may have been same-sex unions that entailed more than strong friendship or spiritual unity, but reading this book made me realize how diluted our sense of friendship - and how uneducated our ...more
Reading around a bit you can discover that some reviewers question whether these same sex unions included, you know, sex. Some view Boswell ...more
Reading this in the midst of this shitty public "debate" regarding marriage equality in Australia right now has been... emotional. All those times we hear homophobes rail against same-sex marriage as not being "traditional" or "the way the Church intended", all that "not Adam and Steve" rubbish - and yet here is the actual history, the well researched facts that show those so-called arguments as the outright lies that they are. ...more
I gave this four instead of five stars because this book ...more
Boswell begins with careful discussions of the terminology and definitions of the words employed in the study, which was ...more
Truthfully, I had no idea how much I didn't ...more
A large part of this book was about trying to understand the meaning of words, such as brother or sister, in the context that they were used and attempting to put aside the modern meaning. It ...more
Boswell goes ...more
It is a difficult read. It is a book of scholarship written in the language of the serious scholar. This does not mean that the interested reader should not scale this mountain. If one has the discipline and the interest to read through its pages, the rewards are many.
The controversies that exist today within the Christian religions in regard to same-sex relationships/ unions/ marriages are not rooted in the history, philosophy or theology of the early Christian church. Records of ceremonies ...more
I feel like this had the potential to be a much more enlightening book. Unforunately, ...more
Now, whether or not this research actually holds the same kind of water - that I can't tell you off the top of my head. It's an interesting read, though, with a lot of intriguing evidence that does certainly seem to stack up in the right direction.
Librarian note: There is more than one author by this name in the database. See ...more