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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Chapter 3 Mother Clap's Molly House ( 1 ) The Raid In the preceding chapter we
have seen that during the first decade of the eighteenth century there were not
only private intrigues and public cruising grounds , but also meetings of groups of
Griffin weakly testified on his own behalf that although he had lodged for a year
and three - quarters at Clap's house , he had never realised it was a molly house
. He brought forward no character witnesses . The jury found him guilty and he ...
( 6 ) St James ' s But to return to our survey of molly London . Just west of Charing
Cross ( where a molly named Tolson kept a brandy shop in the late 1720s , 33
and where Whale and Horner were pilloried for keeping a molly house ) , we
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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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