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Same-sex Sexuality in Later Medieval English Culture

Tom Linkinen

334 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This volume investigates the state of same-sex relations in later medieval England, drawing on a remarkably rich array of primary sources from the period that include legal documents, artworks, theological treatises, and poetry. Tom Linkinen uses those sources to build a framework of medieval condemnations of same-sex intimacy and desire and then shows how same-sex sexuality reflected - and was inflected by - gender hierarchies, approaches to crime, and the conspicuous silence on the matter in the legal systems of the period.
Author Bio
Tom Linkinen is at the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.