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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Nakedness offer'd to put it into his Hand , and withal unbutton'd the Evidences
Breeches , and put his Hand in there ' ; Hemmings later returned with Mr Baker ,
another agent , and they apprehended Lane when he approached them again ...
They ask ' d him , How he knew that ? and he answer ' d , Why don ' t you see my
Hand in his breeches ? ' One of the soldiers ... Godelard may have narrowly
escaped some particularly sadistic act at Casey ' s hands . Casey ' s absurd ...
Two were written in a hand he recognised , signed Molly Soft - buttocks , and one
was anonymous . One was ... If such letters came into Powis's hands , I do not
doubt that he attempted to make some money out of this discovery . On the other
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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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