Jane Austen’s brothers sat in judgement over navy men accused of sodomy.
The story of Sodom provided a context for discussions of homoerotic behavior.
Men and women could engage in a range of sex acts, which the courts recognized as sodomy, and still maintain that they had not technically cheated.
The “divine marquis” influenced literature, philosophy, and artistic and social movements such as Surrealism, Situationism, and Provo.
John/ Eleanor Rykener’s confession reveals the complexity of queer lives in medieval England.