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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a cart to be hanged , and the notorious Catherine Hayes ( to become the subject
of Thackeray's novel Catherine ) ? 4 was brought to be burned for the murder of
her husband . Before the hangman , Richard Arnett , could strangle her with a ...
Evidence was given against Wild by William Field , who once was one of
Hitchin's men ; Field himself was eventually hanged , and he is the person upon
whom ' Fitch ' in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera ( 1728 ) was modelled ( Wild of
In February 1804 Mathusalah Spalding was hanged at the Old Bailey for having '
a venereal affair ' with James Hankinson . ' In October 1808 Richard Neighbour
was convicted for buggery with Joshua Archer , and sentenced to be hanged .
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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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