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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32 Mollies unfortunate enough to be convicted of sodomy were hanged at Tyburn
, while those found guilty of attempted sodomy were sent to the pillory ( often
twice ) , fined ( usually £10 - £30 ) and imprisoned ( from six months to three
years ) ...
during the last 70 Years ; he was brought to trial for libel on 25 June 1833 , and
found guilty and sentenced to six months . ' ' ( It may not be irrelevant to mention
another curious case , that of a certain Tranter , a footman in the service of the ...
He was sentenced to nine months ' imprisonment for the first offence and six
months ' for the second . He pleaded for clemency on the grounds that he was 72
years old and infirm , and not likely to survive prison . The judge said he would be
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - charbutton - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - juglicerr - LibraryThing
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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