1st Edition

The Pursuit of Sodomy
Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe

ISBN 9780918393494
Published January 19, 1989 by Routledge
566 Pages

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Book Description

Historians Kent Gerard and Gert Hekma make available--for the first time to an English-speaking audience--the best, most recent work on the history of male homosexuality in Early Modern Europe. The role of the male homosexual--during the pivotal era of 1400 to 1800--is thoroughly explored.

A wide-ranging group of authors offers relevant and fascinating material on sexual history and sexuality, in general, and on homosexuality and European history, in particular.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  • I. Italy and Iberia
  • Sodomites in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany: The Views of Bernardino of Siena
  • “Socratic Love” as a Disguise for Same-Sex Love in the Italian Renaissance
  • The “Nefarious Sin” in Early Modern Seville
  • Love’s Labors Lost: Five Letters From a Seventeenth-Century Portugese Sodomite
  • II. France, Germany, and Scandanavia
  • Homosexuality and the Court Elites of Early Modern France: Some Problems, Some Suggestions, and an Example
  • Police and Sodomy in Eighteenth-Century Paris: From Sin to Disorder
  • The Personal, the Political, and the Aesthetic: Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s German Enlightenment Life
  • Sodomy in Early Modern Denmark: A Crime Without Victims
  • III. The Netherlands
  • Sodomy in the Dutch Republic, 1600–1725
  • Sodomy at Sea and at the Cape of Good Hope During the Eighteenth Century
  • Those Damned Sodomites: Public Images of Sodomy in the Eighteenth-Century Netherlands
  • Prosecution of Sodomy in Eighteenth-Century Frisia, Netherlands
  • The Persecutions of Sodomites in Eighteenth-Century Amsterdam: Changing Perceptions of Sodomy
  • IV: England
  • “In the House of Madam Vander Tasse, on the Long Bridge”: A Homosocial University Club in Early Modern Europe
  • Sexuality and Augustan England: Sodomy, Politics, Elite Circles, and Society
  • Sodomy and Male Honor: The Case of Somerset, 1740–1850
  • Sodomitical Assaults, Gender Role, and Sexual Development in Eighteenth-Century London
  • V. Overviews
  • Sodomites, Platonic Lovers, Contrary Lovers: The Backgrounds of the Modern Homosexual
  • Homosexual Acts and Selves in Early Modern Europe
  • Index

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