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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One John Brailsford was walking through the lane and stopped ' to make Water ' ,
whereupon Peter Vivian , a peruke maker from Holland , ' came up to me , set his
foot upon mine , caught hold of my Privities , and clap ' d my Hand to his .
Wright kept one at his home in Christopher Alley ( now Christopher Street ) ,
where he employed Ned Courtney to entertain his guests in 1725 ; Wright later
moved several blocks west of the fields to Beech Lane ( now Beech Street ) . The
... 137 Kench , John 197 Kenrick , William 172 Kent 16 ; Maidstone 49 Keppel ,
Van , Earl of Albemarle 48 Ketch , Jack 72 Kett , Philip 191 Kissing 128 Knight ,
John 185 Lamb , Lady Caroline 248 Lancaster 185 Lane , Thomas 49 Law , John
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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
The Birth of the Subculture
Mother Claps Molly House
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