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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I have not delved too deeply into literary research – most of the imaginative
literature is evidence of heterosexual prejudice pure and simple , and reveals
virtually nothing about homosexuals . In any case , the literary evidence is
meagre and ...
Some of our evidence is necessarily circumstantial : for example , the specific
pillory in which a molly is placed is usually a reliable guide to the area in which
the ' crime ' was committed ; so also are the areas in which extortion attempts
Research has been unable to reveal much evidence of gay subcultures in other
countries during this period . Perhaps in response to the Dutch Placat , the
Swedish penal code of 1734 required that convicted sodomites be beheaded ,
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - charbutton - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - juglicerr - LibraryThing
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
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