Robert Mills reflects on the impact of Boswell’s work on his own gay and scholarly identities.
Boswell’s ‘Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” often excludes women from its analysis of medieval same-sex relations.
What qualities have kept Boswell’s “Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” monumental to the field of medieval history?
While many vowesses broke their chastity vows, Margaret Singleton’s case was different and remains an unsolved mystery.
Concerns about sexualisation of young women appear even in the late Middle Ages.
John of Gaunt ‘died of putrefaction of his genitals and body’.
The monk could no longer be considered a virgin, since he has been ‘polluted…through masturbation’.