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 homosexual networks amongst the aristocracy will be examined in the first
two chapters , but the majority of this study will demonstrate that the typical
homosexual of the eighteenth century was a respectable tradesman rather than a
But even in Roister Doister there is a homosexual theme that can be recognised
as such without any prior knowledge of ... to glimpse a brief but revealing tearing
- away of the social mask worn by homosexuals even during the Renaissance .
What is worthy of note is the apparent link between such homosexual groupings
and a widespread spy network . It seems likely , for example , that Anthony Bacon
used Jacques Petit -just as Francis may have used Tobie to seduce and then ...
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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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