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Mother Clap's molly house : the gay subculture in England, 1700-1830

Author: Rictor Norton
Publisher: London : GMP ; East Haven, CT, USA : Distributed in North America by InBook, 1992.
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"This pioneering historical study is the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots, sporting for the first time a distinctive subculture with its "molly houses", "sodomites' walks", "maiden names" and gay slang. Rictor Norton's research into trial records and contemporary documents establishes a vital cornerstone for the reconstruction of gay history." "Challenging in its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Norton, Rictor, 1945-
Mother Clap's molly house.
London : GMP ; East Haven, CT, USA : Distributed in North America by InBook, 1992
(OCoLC)646921811
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rictor Norton
ISBN: 0854491880 9780854491889
OCLC Number: 27100305
Description: 302 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Rictor Norton.

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"This pioneering historical study is the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots, sporting for the first time a distinctive subculture with its "molly houses", "sodomites' walks", "maiden names" and gay slang. Rictor Norton's research into trial records and contemporary documents establishes a vital cornerstone for the reconstruction of gay history." "Challenging in its demonstration that the molly subculture was primarily a working-class community of blacksmiths, milkmen, publicans and shopkeepers, Mother Clap's Molly House also records the exuberant lives of personalities such as Charles Hitchin the "thief-taker", the dramatists Samuel Foote and Isaac Bickerstaff, William Beckford of Fonthill, and Rev. John Church, prosecuted for his blessing of gay marriages. All these are set against a backdrop of persecution, blackmail and the pillory. And yes, "Mother Clap's" actually was the name of a prominent molly house!"--Jacket.

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