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Author Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.

Title Queer city : gay London from the Romans to the present day / Peter Ackroyd.

Publication Info. New York : Abrams Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 Central Library - Circulating Collection  HQ76.3.G72 L652 2018    Available
Description ix, 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-244) and index.
Contents What's in a name? -- A red and savage tongue -- A military lay -- The friend -- No cunt -- Bring on the dancing boys -- Soft and slippery -- The rubsters -- Suck thy master -- Arsey-versy -- Continually wet -- Good golly Miss Molly -- Flats -- Tiddy dolls -- Rump riders -- Omi-palone -- Damned and done for -- Howl.
Summary Peter Ackroyd is our preeminent chronicler of London. In Queer City, he looks at the metropolis in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population. In Roman Londinium the penis was worshipped and homosexuality was considered admirable. The city was dotted with lupanaria ('wolf dens' or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops and clergy, monks and missionaries. His rule was accompanied by the first laws against queer practices. What followed was an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure, from the notorious Normans, whose military might depended on masculine loyalty, and the fashionable female transvestism of the 1620s; to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early 1800s and the 'gay plague' in the 1980s. Ackroyd takes us right into this hidden city, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other. In a city of superlatives, it is perhaps this endless sexual fluidity and resilience that epitomise the real triumph of London.
Subject Gay people -- England -- London -- Social life and customs.
Gay people -- England -- London -- History.
Homosexuality -- England -- London -- History.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
HISTORY -- Social History.
ISBN 9781419730993 (hardcover)
1419730991 (hardcover)
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