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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 : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Thirty-fifth anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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John Boswell’s National Book Award–winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church’s past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published thirty-five years ago. The historical breadth of Boswell’s research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Boswell
ISBN: 9780226345222 022634522X
OCLC Number: 907206169
Awards: Winner of the National Book Award.
Description: xxvi, 424 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Points of departure --
Introduction --
Definitions --
Rome: the foundation --
The Christian tradition --
The scriptures --
Christians and social change --
Theological traditions --
Shifting fortunes --
The early middle ages --
The urban revival --
The triumph of Ganymede: gay literature of the high Middle Ages --
The rise of intolerance --
Social change: making enemies --
Intellectual change: men, beasts, and "nature."
Responsibility: John Boswell ; foreword by Mark D. Jordan.

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John Boswell’s National Book Award–winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church’s past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published thirty-five years ago. The historical breadth of Boswell’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 social history. Now in this thirty-fifth anniversary edition with a new foreword by leading queer and religious studies scholar Mark D. Jordan, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality is still fiercely relevant. This landmark book helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies, and it continues to illuminate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.

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