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


Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century Author John Boswell
ISBN-10 0226067114
ISBN-13 9780226067117
Year 1981-01-01
Pages 442
Language English
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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John Boswell s highly acclaimed study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the Christian West challenges received opinion and our own preconceptions about the Church s past relationship to its gay members among whom were priests bishops and even canonized saints The historical breadth of Boswell s research from the Greeks to Aquinas and the variety of sources consulted legal literary theological artistic and scientific make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western social history The product of ten years of research and analysis of records in a dozen languages this book opens up a new area of historical inquiry and helps elucidate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force Christianity Social Tolerance and Homosexuality won the National Book Award in 1981 What makes this work so exciting is not simply its content fascinating though that is but its revolutionary challenge to some of Western culture s most familiar moral assumptions Jean Strouse Newsweek Truly groundbreaking work Boswell reveals unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition Michel Foucault Boswell has mastered one of the rarest skills the ability to write about sex with genuine wit Improbable as it might seem this work of unrelenting scholarship and high intellectual drama is also thoroughly entertaining Paul Robinson New York Times Book ReviewJohn Boswell 1947 1994 was the A Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University and the author of The Royal Treasure The Kindness of Strangers and Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

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