Three historians explore the legacy of John Boswell’s landmark text.
Tag: medieval homosexuality
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?
Interview by Katherine Harvey In The Manly Priest: Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform in England and Normandy, 1066-1300, Jennifer Thibodeaux tells the story of the imposition of clerical celibacy in the Anglo-Norman realms. For much of the medieval period, priests in both England and Normandy were not only permitted to marry, but […]
Kit Heyam On 23 September 1327, the young king Edward III received word that his father had died. The former Edward II, who had been coerced into abdication in January of that year, had been imprisoned in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, at the time of his death. While official reports stated […]
Katherine Harvey In November 1326, Hugh Despenser was condemned to death for treason. Drawn to the gallows on a hurdle, he was hanged from a height of 50 feet; then, before he was completely dead, he was cut down from the gallows, eviscerated, and beheaded. His head was displayed on […]