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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Lady Audley , young Lady Audley , Giles Broadway , and Florentius FitzPatrick
testified , and after two hours of deliberation the jurors unanimously found
Castlehaven guilty of rape , and 15 of the 26 jurors found him guilty of sodomy ( a
At his trial in December , Rigby pleaded neither Guilty nor Not Guilty , but '
demurred to the indictment for attempted sodomy , on the understanding that
such a plea would avoid public disclosure . But he was misled by his lawyer ; this
But the bill of indictment was removed by writ of certiorari into the Court of King's
Bench , where a verdict of not guilty was reached . Walpole then prosecuted
three of the men for conspiring to extort money from him by falsely charging him
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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
The Birth of the Subculture
Mother Claps Molly House
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