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 Memoirs of the Chevalier de Gramont is our primary source concerning Miss
Hobart , Maid of Honour to the Duchess of York . Apparently she made advances
to most of the young ladies in the household , but was repeatedly rebuffed .
She was widowed at the age of 27 ( her husband got into close friendship with
Miss Mary Berry , who became Walpole ' s literary executor . After Walpole ' s
death they travelled together on the Continent and in England , and Miss Berry ...
... 100 ; Mary 105 ; Mary Clarke 226 ; Miss Butterfly 223 ; Miss Fanny 186 ; Miss
Fanny Knight 97 ; Miss Fox 189 ; Miss Irons 117 ; Miss Kitten 100 ; Miss Leicester
213 ; Miss Long 223 ; Miss Molly Gray 239 ; Miss Read 189 ; Miss Selina 93 , 189
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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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