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Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality : Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

Author: John Boswell
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members, among them priests, bishops, and even saints. The historical breadth of the author{u2019}s research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the variety of sources consulted make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Boswell
ISBN: 0226067106 9780226067100 0226067114 9780226067117
OCLC Number: 4774928
Description: xviii, 424 pages, [6] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Definitions --
Rome: the foundation --
The scriptures --
Christians and social change --
Theological traditions --
The early Middle Ages --
The urban revival --
The triumph of Ganymede: gay literature of the high Middle Ages --
Social change: making enemies --
Intellectual change: men, beasts, and "nature" --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: John Boswell.
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This is a National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West, which helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies. The historical  Read more...

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