Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England, 1700-1830
GMP, 1992 - 302 Seiten
This pioneering historical study is the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots, sporting for the first time a distinctive subculture with its "molly houses", "sodomites' walks", "maiden names" and gay slang. Rictor Norton's research into trial records and contemporary documents establishes a vital cornerstone for the reconstruction of gay history. Challenging in its demonstration that the molly subculture was primarily a working-class community of blacksmiths, milkmen, publicans and shopkeepers, Mother Clap's Molly House also records the exuberant lives of personalities such as Charles Hitchin the "thief-taker", the dramatists Samuel Foote and Isaac Bickerstaff, William Beckford of Fonthill, and Rev. John Church, prosecuted for his blessing of gay marriages. All these are set against a backdrop of persecution, blackmail and the pillory. And yes, "Mother Clap's" actually was the name of a prominent molly house!
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The scarcity of prosecutions in England may have been partly because King
James I was himself homosexual , and the court during his reign ( 1603-1625 )
was very nearly a gay subculture unto itself . The King had his favourites from the
They suggest that James was the ' dominant ' partner in the relationship ; usually
he signs himself ' Thy dear dad and husband ' and addresses Buckingham as '
my sweet child and wife ' . The relationship was interchangeable , though its ...
Butler , Eleanor 248 Butler , James , Duke of Ormonde 52 Byrne , James 216 ,
218 , 220 Cales , Nicholas 138 Caligula 96 Cambridge 159 ; Trinity College 213
Cane , William 141 Carlini , Sister Benedetta 233 Caroline , Qucen , of Naples
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, but was ultimately disappointed. The subject matter is very interesting. As the title says, Norton explores the begins of a distinct gay subculture ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Norton has focused on the Georgian Era, when he says that an organized gay subculture first emerged in London society. Prior to that, there may have been small groups at court or among a particular ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Queen James and His Courtiers 15 1992
The Birth of the Subculture
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